Much of the my research focuses on the self and social cognition. My students and I are investigating the ways that people think about themselves over time in the past and future, and how these perceptions - and their beliefs about change and stability - affect identity, motivation, and goal-pursuit. I am particularly interested in the role of subjective time which plays a powerful role in how temporally-extended selves and events are represented. I investigate how these processes apply to self, interpersonal relationships, person perception, and ingroups. I have also been focusing on how people's thinking about the future determines their willingness to overcome short-term costs to reap long-term benefits.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Close Relationships
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Gender Psychology
- Intergroup Relations
- Interpersonal Processes
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Social Psychology Research Laboratory
- Buote, V. M, Wilson, A. E., Strahan, E. J., Gazzola, S. B. & Papps, F. (2011) Setting the bar: Sociocultural norms for women’s and men’s ideal appearance in real-world contexts. Body Image, 8, 322-334.
- Gunn, G., & Wilson, A. E. (2011). Acknowledging the skeletons in our closet: The effect of group-affirmation on collective guilt, collective shame, and reparatory attitudes. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37(11), 1474-1487. DOI: 10.1177/0146167211413607
- Peetz, J. Gunn, G., & Wilson, A. E. (2010). Crimes of the past: Temporal distancing and defensiveness in the face of past in-group wrongdoing. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 598-611.
- Peetz, J., & Wilson, A. E. (2012). The post birthday world: Consequences of temporal landmarks for temporal self-appraisal and motivation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. doi: 10.1037/a0030477
- Peetz, J., Wilson, A. E., & Strahan, E. J. (2009). So far away: The role of subjective temporal distance to future goals in motivation and behavior. Social Cognition, 27(4), 475-495.
- Ross, M., & Wilson, A. E. (2002). It feels like yesterday: Self-esteem, valence of personal past experiences, and judgments of subjective distance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 792-803.
- Strahan, E. J., Lafrance, A., Wilson, A. E., Ethier, N., Spencer, S. J., & Zanna, M. P. (2008). Victoria's Dirty Secret: The impact of media images on adolescent girls and women. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 288-301.
- Wilson, A. E., Buehler, R., Lawford, H., Schmidt, C. & Yong, A. G. (2012). Basking in projected glory: People’s appraisals of subjectively close and distant future outcomes. European Journal of Social Psychology, Special Issue on Mental Time Travel: Social Psychological Perspectives on a Fundamental Human Capacity, 42(3), 342–353.
- Wilson, A. E., & Ross, M. (2003). The identity function of autobiographical memory: Time is on our side. Invited paper in Memory: Special Issue Exploring the Functions of Autobiographical Memory, 11, 137-149.
- Wilson, A. E., & Ross, M. (2001). From chump to champ: People's appraisals of their earlier and current selves. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 572-584.
- Wilson, A. E., & Ross, M. (2000). The frequency of temporal-self and social comparisons in people's personal appraisals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 928-942.
Anne E. Wilson
Department of Psychology
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5
- Phone: (519) 884-0710, x3037
- Fax: (519) 746-7605