Experimental Social Psychology Laboratory

Research Overview

Our research deals with three major areas. First, we are concerned with emotional, motivational, and behavioural consequences of self-regulatory processes. We are specifically interested in the impact of a number of factors on these outcomes, including the structure of self-knowledge, the exact nature of the reference values for self, and the source of the relevant reference value. Our second area of research uses implicit measures to examine the impact of a range of characteristics of the self on self-regulatory outcomes. Our third area is more applied. We consider the effect of self-regulatory orientations for psychological disorders.

Research Publications

  • Boldero JM, Bell RC, Hulbert CA . (in press). Grandiose/overt and hypersensitive/covert narcissism: Underlying dimensions and correlates. New developments in personality disorders research (In press)
  • Boldero J, Whelan J. Australians' attitudes toward culturally similar and culturally dissimilar migrants. In G. M. Ruggerio, S. Sassaroli, Y. Latzer, & S. Suchday (Eds.) Perspectives on immigration and terrorism. 2011; pp. 105-114. Amsterdam: IOS Press.
  • Boldero JM, Haslam N, Whelan J. Increasing the predictive utility of neuroticism for health behaviors: The role of implicit neuroticism. In R. G. Jackson (Ed.). Psychology of neuroticism and shame. 2009. New York: Nova Science.
  • Boldero JM, Francis JJ. Situational influences on the intensity of emotional responses to self-evaluation. In A.V. Clark (Ed.). Psychology of moods. 2005. New York: Nova Science.
  • Boldero JM, Bell RC.  An evaluation of the factorial structure of the Problem Gambling Severity Index. International Gambling Studies 2012; 12: 89-110.
  • Binder G, Boldero JM. Planning for change: The roles of habitual practice and habitus in planning practice. Urban Policy and Research 2012; 30: 175-188.
  • Boldero JM, Bell RC. (in press). Chance- and skill-based dimensions underlying young Australians' gambling activities and their relationships with gambling problems and other factors. International Gambling Studies
  • Boldero JM, Higgins ET. Regulatory focus and political decision making: When people favour reform over the status quo. Political Psychology 2011; 32: 399-418.
  • Lin X, Bryant C, Boldero J. Measures for assessing student attitudes toward older people. Educational Gerontology 2011; 37: 12-26.

Research Projects

This Research Group doesn't currently have any projects

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Cognitive Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience, Social and Personality Psychology

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Associate Professor Jennifer M Boldero

Department / Centre

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Unit / Centre

Experimental Social Psychology Laboratory