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Erica Hepper

Erica Hepper

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.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Self and Identity

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Other Publications:

  • 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.
  • 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.

Courses Taught:

  • Applied Research Methods
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology of Social & Individual Wellbeing
  • Social Psychology
  • Voluntary Research Assistant Scheme

Erica Hepper
School of Psychology
University of Surrey
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH
United Kingdom

  • Phone: 01483 686888

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