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Christina Brown

Christina Brown

Christina Brown is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Arcadia University. Her work explores how the self plays a critical role in social behavior. Within this theme, she studies the consequences of self-concept organization, emotions, expectations, and inclusion status on social behavior. For example, she has studied how mating interest changes following social inclusion (Brown, Young, Sacco, Bernstein, & Claypool, 2009) and the effect of emotions and self-complexity on self-regulation (Brown & McConnell, 2009, 2011).

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Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Self and Identity

Journal Articles:

  • Park, S. W., & Brown, C. M. (In press). Different perceptions of self-handicapping across college and work contexts. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
  • Garczynski, A. M., & Brown, C. M. (2013). Active self-aspects as a basis for encoding specificity effects in memory. Self and Identity, 12(4), 370-381.
  • Garczynski, A. M., & Brown, C. M. (2013). Active self-aspects as a basis for encoding specificity effects in memory. Self and Identity, 12, 370-381.
  • Sacco, D. F., Young, S. G., Brown, C. M., Bernstein, M. J., & Hugenberg, K. (2012). Social inclusion and female mating behavior: Rejected women show strategic enhancement of short-term mating interest. Evolutionary Psychology, 10, 573-587.
  • Young, S. G., Brown, C. M., & Ambady, N. (2012). Priming a natural or human-made environment directs attention to context-congruent threatening stimuli. Cognition and Emotion, 26, 927-933.
  • Brown, C. M., Park, S. W., & Folger, S. F. (2012). Growth motivation as a moderator of behavioral self-handicapping in women. Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 136-146.
  • Sacco, D. F., Brown, C. M., Young, S. G., Bernstein, M. J., & Hugenberg, K. (2011). Social inclusion facilitates risky mating behavior in men. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 985-998.
  • McConnell, A. R., Brown, C. M., Shoda, T. M., Stayton, L. E., & Martin, C. E. (2011). Friends with benefits: On the positive consequences of pet ownership. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 1239-1252.
  • Brown, C. M., & McConnell, A. R. (2011). Discrepancy-based and anticipated emotions in behavioral self-regulation. Emotion, 11, 1091-1095.
  • Brown, C. M., Diekman, A. B., Tennial, R. E., & Solomon, E. D. (2011). Alone and happy: Personality moderates the effect of happy mood on social approach. Journal of Research in Personality, 45, 702-705.
  • McConnell, A. R., & Brown, C. M. (2010). Dissonance averted: Self‐concept organization moderates the effect of hypocrisy on attitude change. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 361-366.
  • Bernstein, M. J., Sacco, D. F., Brown, C. M., Young, S. G., & Claypool, H. M. (2010). A preference for genuine smiles following social exclusion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 196-199.
  • Brown, C. M., & McConnell, A. R. (2009). When chronic isn’t chronic: The moderating role of active self-aspects. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 3-15.
  • McConnell, A. R., Strain, L. M., Brown, C. M., & Rydell, R. J. (2009). The simple life: On the benefits of low self-complexity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 823-835.
  • Brown, C. M., Young, S. G., Sacco, D. F., Bernstein, M. J., & Claypool, H. M. (2009). Social inclusion facilitates interest in mating. Evolutionary Psychology, 7, 11-27.
  • Brown, C. M., Young, S. G., & McConnell, A. R. (2009). Seeing close others as we see ourselves: One's own self-complexity is reflected in perceptions of meaningful others. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 515-523.
  • Brown, C. M., & Kimble, C. E. (2009). Personal, interpersonal, and situational influences on behavioral self-handicapping. The Journal of Social Psychology, 149, 609-626.
  • McConnell, A. R., Rydell, R. J., & Brown, C. M. (2009). On the experience of self-relevant feedback: How self-concept organization influences affective responses and self-evaluations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 695-707.
  • Brown, C. M., & McConnell, A. R. (2009). Effort or escape: Self-concept structure determines self-regulatory behavior. Self and Identity, 8, 365-377.
  • Bernstein, M. J., Young, S. G., Brown, C. M., Sacco, D. F., & Claypool, H. M. (2008). Adaptive responses to social exclusion: Social rejection improves detection of real and fake smiles. Psychological Science, 19, 981-983.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Social Psychology (graduate)
  • Emotion
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Personality
  • Social Behavior and Evolution
  • Social Psychology
  • The Self (graduate)

Christina Brown
Department of Psychology
Arcadia University, Boyer Hall
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038
United States

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