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Dr Erica Hepper PhD

Visiting Research Fellow

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Dr Erica Hepper is Visiting Research Fellow within Psychology at the University of Southampton.

Erica completed her undergraduate and postgraduate training at the University of Southampton. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for Research on Self and Identity before joining the University of Surrey as a Lecturer in October 2012. She retains a Visiting Fellow position within Psychology to facilitate research collaboration and co-supervision. Her research focuses on self-relevant motivation and emotion in social context.

Research interests

My research concerns the interplay between the individual and relational self. These include: the operation of, and individual differences in, self-evaluation motives - particularly the motive to self-enhance; processes involved in self-enhancing and self-improving feedback; intrapersonal and interpersonal functioning among individuals with high versus low narcissism; and the definition, functions, and experience of nostalgia.

I am also involved in research on adult attachment and close relationships, including sexual functioning and self-views and interpersonal closeness motivation.

My PhD research (completed in Nov 2007 under the supervision of Dr. Kathy Carnelley) concerned adult attachment and the self, more specifically the role of close relationships and attachment models in the development and maintenance of self-esteem. I examined the role of feedback, from romantic partners and other sources, in self-esteem maintenance for individuals with different attachment patterns.

Research group

Centre for Research on Self and Identity (CRSI)

Research project(s)

Moving people toward felt-security

Narcissism and Empathy

Dr Erica Hepper

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