My research concerns the interplay between the individual and relational self in terms of everyday processes and individual differences. For example, how does nostalgia arise in interpersonal interactions? How do individual differences in self-concept (e.g., narcissism) moderate relational processes? Conversely, how do individual differences in relationship orientation (e.g., attachment anxiety and avoidance) moderate the regulation of the self?
Current work focuses on: the operation of, and individual differences in, self-evaluation motives - particularly the motives to self-enhance and self-improve; intrapersonal and interpersonal functioning among individuals with high versus low narcissism; the definition, functions, and experience of nostalgia; and adult attachment and close relationships, including sexual functioning and self-views and interpersonal closeness motivation.
- Gregg, A. P., Hepper, E. G., & Sedikides, C. (in press). Quantifying self-motives: Functional links between dispositional desires. European Journal of Social Psychology.
- Hepper, E. G., & Carnelley, K. B. (in press). The self-esteem roller coaster: Adult attachment moderates the impact of daily feedback. Personal Relationships.
- Carnelley, K. B., Hepper, E. G., Hicks, C., & Turner, W. (2011). Perceived parental reactions to coming out, attachment, and romantic relationship views. Attachment and Human Development, 13, 217-236.
- Hepper, E. G., & Carnelley, K. B. (2010). Adult attachment and feedback-seeking patterns in relationships and work. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 448-464.
- Hepper, E. G., Gramzow, R. H., & Sedikides, C. (2010). Individual differences in self-enhancement and self-protection strategies: An integrative analysis. Journal of Personality, 78, 781-814.
- Hepper, E. G., Hart, C. M., Gregg, A. P., & Sedikides, C. (2011). Motivated expectations of positive feedback in social interactions. Journal of Social Psychology, 151, 455-477.
- Hepper, E. G., Ritchie, T. D., Sedikides, C., & Wildschut, T. (2012). Odyssey’s end: Lay conceptions of nostalgia reflect its original Homeric meaning. Emotion, 12(1), 102-119.
- Sedikides, C., & Hepper, E. G. (2009). Self-improvement. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 3, 899-917.
- Hepper, E. G., & Carnelley, K. B. (in press). Attachment and romantic relationships: The role of models of self and other. In M. Paludi (Ed.) (2011), The psychology of love: Vol. 3: Emotion and romance. New York, NY: Praeger.
- Hepper, E. G., & Sedikides, C. (in press). Self-enhancing feedback. In R. Sutton, M. Hornsey, & K. Douglas (Eds.), Feedback: The handbook of praise, criticism, and advice. London: Peter Lang.
- Applied Research Methods
- Developmental Psychology
- Psychology of Social & Individual Wellbeing
- Social Psychology
- Voluntary Research Assistant Scheme
School of Psychology
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
- Phone: 01483 686888