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Dr Nicholas J. Kelley 

Assistant Professor of Social Psychology

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Dr Nicholas J. Kelley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southampton.

Nicholas J. Kelley joined the University of Southampton’s Department of Psychology in July 2019 as an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Social Psychology. He received his BA and MS in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach (USA) and his PhD in social psychology from Texas A&M University (2015) under the advisement of Brandon Schmeichel. He then served as a post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University (2015-2019) investigating longitudinal changes in the brain and emotional well-being under the advisement of Rick Zinbarg and Robin Nusslock.

Research interests

My research program is focused on self-regulation which refers to the conscious and non-conscious processes that enable individuals to guide their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in a purposeful manner. In particular, my work takes a social neuroscientific perspective to examining the ways in which personality, social, and cognitive processes influence goal pursuit and well-being.

Research group

Centre for Research on Self and Identity (CRSI)

Research project(s)

Analytical Reasoning and Internet Fraud Susceptibility

Reward Responsivity Hypothesis of Self-control

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Book Chapter

  • Tang, D., Kelley, N., Hicks, J., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2013). Emotions and meaning in life: A motivational perspective. In J. Hicks, & C. Routledge (Eds.), The Experience of Meaning in Life: Classical Perspectives, Emerging Themes, and Controversies (1 ed., pp. 117-128). Springer Dordrecht.



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