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Lucas Richard Lucas
Ph.D. Psychology, University of Illinois 2000
Masters Psychology, University of Illinois 1995
Bachelors Psychology, Bowdoin College 1993
Primary Program: Social/Personality
249A Psychology
(517) 432-4360

Research Statement
Research Interests: Happiness and subjective well-being, positive emotions, the effects of life events on life satisfaction, personality traits, extraversion, personality assessment.

Related Research Websites
Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research PI: Dr. Frederick Leong
Our primary mission is to generate and apply psychological science to increase our understanding of multicultural issues in both domestic and international contexts.

Research Publications    
2016Cheung, F. & Lucas, R. E. (2016). Income inequality is associated with stronger social comparison effects: The effect of relative income on life satisfaction. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110, 332-341.
2016Wortman, J. & Lucas, R. E. (2016). Spousal similarity in life satisfaction before and after divorce. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
2016Anusic, I., Lucas, R. E. & Donnellan, M. B. (2016). The validity of the day reconstruction method in the German Socio-Economic Panel Study. Social Indicators Research.
2015Donnellan, M. B., Lucas, R. E., & Cesario, J. (2015). Warm water and loneliness redux: Rejoinder to Shalev and Bargh (2014) study 1. Emotion, 15, 124-127.
2015Diener, E., Oishi, S., & Lucas, R. E. (2015). National accounts of subjective well-being. American Psychologist, 70, 234-242.
2015Donnellan, M. B., Lucas, R. E., & Cesario, J. (2015). On the association between loneliness and bathing habits: Nine replications of Bargh and Shalev (2012) Study 1. Emotion, 15, 109-119.
2015Cheung, F. & Lucas, R. E. (2015). When does money matter most? Examining the association between income and life satisfaction over the life course. Psychology and Aging, 30,120-135.
2015Kushlev, K., Dunn, E. W., & Lucas, R. E. (2015). Higher income is associated with less sadness but not more daily happiness. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 483-489.
2015Lucas, R. E. & Diener, E. (2015). Personality and subjective well-being: Current issues and controversies. In M. L. Cooper & R. J. Larsen (Eds). Handbook of Personality and Indivdiual Differences. Washington, DC: APA.
2014Lynott, D., Corker, K. S., Wortman, J., Connell, L., Donnellan, M. B., Lucas, R. E., & O'Brien, K. (2014). Replication of “Experiencing physical warmth promotes interpersonal warmth” by Williams & Bargh (2008). Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 216-222.