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Joanne Wood

Professor; Social Research Area Head

Joanne Wood.BA (Wisconsin), MA, PhD (California, Los Angeles)

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Recipient, 2007 Outstanding Performance Award

Research interests

My current research focuses on interpersonal interactions and close relationships—in particular, how relationship processes are shaped by personality dimensions and social contexts. For example, my collaborators and I have studied how dispositional self-esteem—-one’s overall feelings about oneself—-affects people’s willingness to reveal themselves to others through self-disclosure, how self-esteem and trait agreeableness interact to influence the negativity of one’s disclosures, and how people in relationships influence each other’s emotions.

Selected publications

  • Cameron, J. J., Stinson, D. A., & Wood, J. V. (2013). The bold and the bashful: Self-esteem, gender, and relationship initiation. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 685 - 692.
  • Kille, D. R., Forest, M. L., & Wood, J. V. (2013). Tall, dark, and stable: Embodiment motivates mate selection. Psychological Science, 24, 112 - 114.
  • Gaucher, D., Wood, J. V., Stinson, D. A., Forest, A. L., Holmes, J. G., & Logel, C. (2012). Perceived regard explains self-esteem differences in expressivity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1144-1156.
  • Cavallo, J. V., Holmes, J. G., Fitzsimons, G. M., Murray, S. L., Wood, J. V. (2012). Managing motivational conflict: How self-esteem and executive resources influence self-regulatory responses to risk. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 430-451.
  • Forest, A.L., & Wood, J. V. (2012). When social networking is not working: Individuals with low self-esteem recognize but do not reap the benefits of self-disclosing on Facebook. Psychological Science. 23, 295–302.
  • Stinson, D.A., Gaucher, D., Wood, J.V., Reddoch, L., Holmes, J.G, & Little, C.G. (2012). Sex, “lies,” and videotape: Self-esteem and successful presentation of gender roles. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 503 - 509.
  • Forest, A. L. & Wood, J. V. (2011). When partner caring leads to sharing: Expectations of partner responsiveness, self-esteem, and expressing oneself. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. 47, 843-848.
  • Stinson, D.A., Logel, C., Holmes, J.G., Wood, J.V., Forest, A.L., Gaucher, D., Fitzsimons, G., & Kath, J. (2010). The regulatory function of self-esteem: Testing the acceptance and epistemic signaling systems. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99 (6), 993-1013.
  • Wood, J. V., Perunovic, W. Q. E., & Lee, J.  (2009). Positive thinking:  Power for some, peril for others. Psychological Science, 20, 860-866.
  • Stinson, D. A., Cameron, J. J., Wood, J., Gaucher, D., & Holmes, J. G. (2009). Deconstructing the “reign of error:” A risk-regulation account of the self-fulfilling prophecy of acceptance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1165-1178
  • Wood, J. V., Anthony, D. B., & Foddis, W. F. (2006). Should people with low self-esteem strive for high self-esteem? In M. H. Kernis (Ed.), Self-esteem issues and answers: A source book of current perspectives (pp. 288-296). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Wood, J. V., Heimpel, S. A., Newby-Clark, I., & Ross, M.  (2005).  Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory:  Self-esteem differences in the experience and anticipation of success. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 764-780.
  • Wood, J. V., Heimpel, S. A., & Michela, J. L.  (2003).  Savoring versus dampening:  Self-esteem differences in regulating positive affect.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 566-580. 
  • Heimpel, S. A., Wood, J. V., Marshall, M., & Brown, J.  (2002).  Do people with low self-esteem really want to feel better?:  Self-esteem differences in motivation to repair negative moods.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 128 - 147.
  • Wood, J. V., Michela, J. L., & Giordano, C.  (2000).  Downward comparison in everyday life:  Reconciling self-enhancement models with the mood-cognition priming model.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 79, 563-579.
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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