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Jon Maner

Jon Maner

My research focuses broadly on the interplay between motivation, emotion, and social cognition and is guided by evolutionary and social cognitive perspectives. Specific research areas include: close relationships (e.g., romantic attraction and the maintenance of long-term relationships), power and leadership, social affiliation and rejection, and self-protective processes. Our recent work has focused on identifying endocrinological process underlying adaptive social phenomena.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Social Cognition

Research Group or Laboratory:

Journal Articles:

  • Ainsworth, S. E., & Maner, J. K. (2012). Sex begets violence: Mating motives, social dominance, and aggressive behavior in men. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 819-829.
  • Kunstman, J., & Maner, J. K. (2011). Sexual overperception: Power, mating goals, and biases in social judgment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 282-294.
  • Maner, J. K., DeWall, C. N., Baumeister, R. F., & Schaller, M. (2007). Does social exclusion motivate interpersonal reconnection? Resolving the "porcupine problem." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 92, 42-55.
  • Maner, J. K., Gailliot, M. T., Rouby, D. A., & Miller, S. L. (2007). Can't take my eyes off you: Attentional adhesion to mates and rivals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 389-401.
  • Maner, J. K., Kenrick, D. T., Neuberg, S. L., Becker, D. V., Robertson, T., Hofer, B., Delton, A., Butner, J., & Schaller, M. (2005). Functional projection: How fundamental social motives can bias interpersonal perception. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 63-78.
  • Maner, J. K., & Mead, N. (2010). The essential tension between leadership and power: When leaders sacrifice group goals for the sake of self-interest. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 482-497.
  • Maner, J. K., & Miller, S. L. (2014). Hormones and Social Monitoring: Menstrual Cycle Shifts in Progesterone Underlie Women’s Sensitivity to Social Information. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35, 9-16.
  • Maner, J. K., Miller, S. L., Moss, J., Leo, J., & Plant, E. A. (2012). Motivated social categorization: Fundamental motives enhance people’s sensitivity to basic social categories. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 70-83.
  • Maner, J. K., Miller, S. L., Rouby, D. A., & Gailliot, M. T. (2009). Intrasexual vigilance: The implicit cognition of romantic rivalry. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 74-87.
  • Maner, J. K., Miller, S. L., Schmidt, N. B., & Eckel, L. A. (2010). The endocrinology of exclusion: Rejection elicits motivationally tuned changes in progesterone. Psychological Science, 21, 581-588.
  • Mead, N. L. & Maner, J. K. (2012). On keeping your enemies close: Powerful leaders seek proximity to ingroup power-threats. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 576-591.
  • Miller, S. L., & Maner, J. K. (2011). Ovulation as a mating prime: Subtle signs of female fertility influence men’s mating cognition and behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 295-308.

Courses Taught:

  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Regression (Graduate)

Jon Maner
Management and Organziations
2001 Sheridan Rd
Evanston, Illinois 60208
United States

  • Phone: 847-491-5713

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