Psychology

Aiden Gregg

BA, PhD

Primary position:
Associate Professor
Other positions:
Undergraduate Examinations Officer

Background

The University of Southampton
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I obtained my BA in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin in 1993, and my PhD in Personality and Social Psychology from Yale University in 2000. From 2000 to 2004, I worked as a research fellow in Psychology at the University of Southampton. From September 2004, I began working there as a lecturer. From 2012 I have been Associate Professor. I belong to the Personality and Social Psychology Research Group, and am a member of the Centre for Research on Self and Identity (CRSI).

Publications

The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)

Article

Gregg, Aiden P., Mahadevan, Nikhila, Edwards, Sonja E. and Klymowsky, James (2014) Detecting lies about consumer attitudes using the timed antagonistic response alethiometer. Behavior Research Methods, 46, (3), 758-771. (doi:10.3758/s13428-013-0406-2).
Gregg, Aiden P. and Mahadevan, Nikhila (2014) Intellectual arrogance and intellectual humility: an evolutionary-epistemological account. Journal of Psychology & Theology, 42, Spring Issue, 7-18.
Seung Yun, Lee, Gregg, Aiden P. and Park, Seong Hoon (2013) The person in the purchase: narcissistic consumers prefer products that positively distinguish them. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, (2), 335-352. (doi:10.1037/a0032703). (PMID:23773040).
Gregg, Aiden P., Hepper, Erica G. and Sedikides, Constantine (2011) Quantifying self-motives: functional links between dispositional desires. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, (7), 840-852. (doi:10.1002/ejsp.827).
Hepper, Erica G., Hart, Claire M., Gregg, Aiden P. and Sedikides, Constantine (2011) Motivated expectations of positive feedback in social interactions. Journal of Social Psychology, 151, 455-477. (doi:10.1080/00224545.2010.503722).
Gregg, Aiden P. and Sedikides, Constantine (2010) Narcissistic fragility: rethinking its links to explicit and implicit self-esteem. Self and Identity, 9, (2), 142-161. (doi:10.1080/15298860902815451).
Cockerham, Elaine, Stopa, Lusia, Bell, Lorraine and Gregg, Aiden P. (2009) Implicit self-esteem in bulimia nervosa. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 40, (2), 265-273. (doi:10.1016/j.jbtep.2008.12.003 ).
Gregg, Aiden P. (2008) Is identity per se irrelevant? A contrarian view of self-verification effects. Depression and Anxiety, 26, (2), E49-E59. (doi:10.1002/da.20428 ).
Gregg, Aiden P. (2008) Oracle of the unconscious or deceiver of the unwitting? The Psychologist, 21, (9), 762-767.
Gregg, Aiden P., Hart, Claire M., Sedikides, Constantine and Kumashiro, Madoka (2008) Everyday conceptions of modesty: a prototype analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, (7), 978 -992. (doi:10.1177/0146167208316734).
Sedikides, Constantine and Gregg, Aiden P. (2008) Self-enhancement: food for thought. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 3, (2), 102-116. (doi:10.1111/j.1745-6916.2008.00068.x).
Rudolph, Almut, Schröder-Abé, Michela, Schütz, Astrid, Gregg, Aiden P. and Sedikides, Constantine (2008) Through a glass, less darkly? Reassessing convergent and divergent validity in measures of implicit self-esteem. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 24, (4), 273-281. (doi:10.1027/1015-5759.24.4.273).
Green, Jeffrey D., Sedikides, Constantine and Gregg, Aiden P. (2007) Forgotten but not gone: the recall and recognition of self-threatening memories. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, (3), 547-561. (doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2007.10.006). (Submitted).
Sedikides, Constantine, Horton, Robert S. and Gregg, Aiden P. (2007) The why's the limit: curtailing self-enhancement with explanatory introspection. Journal of Personality, 7, (4), 783-824. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-6494.2007.00457.x).
Rudich, Erich A., Sedikides, Constantine and Gregg, Aiden P. (2007) Self-esteem moderates preferences for accepting versus rejecting interaction partners. European Journal of Social Psychology (doi:10.1002/ejsp.408). (In Press).
Gregg, A.P., Hepper, E.G. and Sedikides, C. (2007) Assessing to improve and verifying to enhance: measuring, validating, and connecting self-motives. Self and Identity
Nausheen, Bina, Gidron, Yori, Gregg, Aiden, Tissarchondou, Harilaos S. and Peveler, Robert (2007) Loneliness, social support and cardiovascular reactivity to laboratory stress. Stress, 10, (1), 37-44. (doi:10.1080/10253890601135434). (PMID:17454965).
Sedikides, C., Gregg, A., Cisek, S. and Hart, C. (2007) The I that buys: narcissists as consumers. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 17, (4), 254-257. (doi:10.1080/10577400701542346).
Gregg, Aiden P. (2007) When vying reveals lying: the timed antagonistic response althiometer. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 21, (5), 631-647. (doi:10.1002/acp.1298).
Nausheen, B., Gidron, Y., Peveler, R.C., Gregg, A. and Tissarchondou, H.C. (2006) Implicit vs. explicit loneliness: which best correlates with cardiovascular reactivity to stress? Psychology and Health, 21, (Supplement 1), p.109. (doi:10.1080/14768320600901313).
Gregg, Aiden P., Seibt, Beate and Banaji, Mahzarin R. (2006) Easier done than undone: asymmetry in the malleability of automatic preferences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 90, (1), 1-20. (doi:10.1037/0022-3514.90.1.1).
Sedikides, Constantine, Rudich, Erich A., Gregg, Aiden P., Kumashiro, Madoka and Rusbult, Caryl (2004) Are normal narcissists psychologically healthy?: Self-esteem matters. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 87, (3), 400-416. (doi: 10.1037/0022-3514.87.3.400).
Gregg, Aiden P. and Sedikides, Constantine (2004) Is social psychological research really so negatively biased? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 27, (3), 340-341. (doi:10.1017/S0140525X04340082).
Gregg, A.P. (2003) Optimally conceptualizing implicit self-esteem. Psychological Inquiry, 14, (1), 35-38.
Sedikides, Constantine and Gregg, Aiden P. (2002) Internal mechanisms that implicate the self enlighten the egoism-altruism debate. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25, (2), 274-275. (doi:10.1017/S0140525X02480053).
Teachman, Bethany A., Gregg, Aiden P. and Woody, Sheila R. (2001) Implicit associations for fear-relevant stimuli among individuals with snake and spider fears. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 110, (2), 226-235. (doi:10.1037/0021-843X.110.2.226).
Sedikides, Constantine and Gregg, Aiden P. (2001) Narcissists and feedback: motivational surfeits and motivational deficits. Psychological Inquiry, 12, (4), 237-239. (doi:0.1207/S15327965PLI1204_2).

Book

Abelson, Robert P., Frey, Kurt P. and Gregg, Aiden P. (2003) Experiments with people: revelations from social psychology, New York, USA, Erlbaum

Book Section

Gregg, Aiden P. and Mahadevan, Nikhila (2014) Self-deception. In, Levine, Timothy R. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Deception. , Sage.
Gregg, Aiden P. and Sedikides, Constantine (2014) Self-enhancement. In, Michalos, Alex C. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. New York, US, Springer.
Gregg, Aiden P., Sedikides, Constantine and Gebauer, Jochen E. (2011) Dynamics of identity: between self-enhancement and self-assessment. In, Schwartz, Seth J., Luyckx, Koen and Vignoles, Vivian L. (eds.) Handbook of Identity Theory and Research. New York, US, Springer.
Gregg, Aiden P., Sedikides, Constantine and Hart, Claire M. (2008) Self and identity: definition and overview. In, Berjot, Sophie and Paty, Benjamin (eds.) Stress et faire face aux menaces du soi et de l'identité. , France, ÉPURE - Éditions et Presses universitaires de Reims, 21-31. (Série Stress, santé, société , 4).
Sedikides, Constantine and Gregg, Aiden P. (2006) The self as a point of contact between social psychology and motivation. In, Van Lange, Paul A. M. (ed.) Bridging social psychology: benefits of transdisciplinary approaches. , NJ:Erlbaum, 233-238.
Gregg, A.P. and Sedikides, C. (2005) The self. In, Davey, G.C.L. (ed.) In The Encyclopediac Dictionary of Psychology. London, UK, Arnold, 273-274.
Sedikides, Constantine and Gregg, Aiden P. (2003) Portraits of the self. In, Hogg, Michael and Cooper, Joel (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Social Psychology. London, UK, SAGE, 110-138.
Sedikides, C., Campbell, W.K., Reeder, G.D., Elliot, A.J. and Gregg, A.P. (2002) Do others bring out the worst in narcissists? The "Others Exist for Me" illusion. In, Kashima, Yoshihisa, Foddy, Margaret and Platow, Michael (eds.) Self and Identity: Personal, Social, and Symbolic. New Jersey, USA, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 103-123.
Wegener, Duane T. and Gregg, Aiden P. (2002) Attitude structure. In, Kazdin, Alan E. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Psychology: 8 Volume Set. Washington D.C., USA, American Psychological Association.

Conference or Workshop Item

Mahadevan, Nikhila and Gregg, Aiden P. (2014) The SPOT effect: people exhibit a spontaneous preference for their own theories. In, 17th European Association of Social Psychology (EASP) General Meeting, Amsterdam, NL, 09 - 12 Jul 2014.
Mahadevan, Nikhila and Gregg, Aiden P. (2013) How self-regard regulates status: the dominometer hypothesis. In, Psychology Postgraduate Conference, 20 - 21 Jun 2013.
Mahadevan, Nikhila and Gregg, Aiden P. (2013) The status-regulating role of self-esteem. At Faculty of Social and Human Sciences Postgraduate and Early Career Research Showcase, Southampton, GB, 30 Jan 2013.
Mahadevan, Nikhila and Gregg, Aiden P. (2013) Alternative sources of social value: status and inclusion independently predict self-esteem. In, 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Social and Personality Psychology (SPSP), New Orleans, US, 17 - 19 Jan 2013.
Mahadevan, Nikhila and Gregg, Aiden P. (2012) The status-regulating role of self-esteem. In, Psychology Postgraduate Conference, 12 - 13 Jun 2012.
Mahadevan, Nikhila and Gregg, Aiden P. (2012) The status-regulating function of self-esteem. In, Postgraduate Research Showcase 2012, Southampton, GB, 03 May 2012.
Nausheen, B., Gidron, Y., Peveler, R.C., Gregg, A. and Tissarchondou, H.S. (2006) Implicit versus explicit loneliness: which best correlates with cardiovascular reactivity to stress? In, 20th European Health Psychology Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 30 Aug - 02 Sep 2006.
 

Research

Research Interests

My research interests can be grouped into two broad domains, which sometimes intersect.

First, I am interested in the nature and application of indirect or implicit measures. In particular, I am concerned with the Implicit Association Test (IAT), which captures automatic associations towards self and others based on reaction time, and my own Timed Antagonistic Response Alethiometer (TARA), a new type of lie detector operating on a similar principle.

Second, I am interested in the nature and implications of self-related motivations and perceptions, such as self-enhancement, self-esteem, and narcissism. In particular, I am interested in the relative strength of identity-relevant motives, and in studying the functionality of self-esteem from an evolutionary perspective.

Some illustrative lines of research I have been pursuing, and am continuing to pursue, are listed below:

  • Does the empirical record really implicate a motive to verify one’s identity as opposed to enhance it? Is simple rationality a better explanation of the existing findings?
  • What evolutionary function does self-regard serve? How does the social milieu affect self-regard and what consequences does it have for people’s interpersonal behavior?
  • To what extent can implicit measures, such as the IAT and TARA, be usefully applied in consumer domains?
  • What are the determinants of intellectual arrogance versus humility? Is arrogance highest in those who combine the highest levels of agency (status, competence, assertiveness) with the lowest levels of communion (belongingness, warmth, and amiability)

Primary research group:  Centre for Research on Self and Identity (CRSI)

Responsibilities

I am currently Undergraduate Examinations Officer. I also supervise Wendy de Waal-Andrews, a Ph.D student, and Alica Anokhina, a Masters student.

Teaching Responsibilities

I currently teach three undergraduate courses on the BSc Undergraduate Programme in Psychology:

  • PSYC1005: Thinking Psychologically (Tutor)
  • PSYC2005: Individual Differences: Personality and Intelligence (Coordinator)
  • PSYC3014: Self and Identity (Coordinator)

Contact

Dr Aiden Gregg
Building 44
Highfield Campus
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/4015