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Dr. Eric Raymond Igou

Research Interests

I am a social psychologist. In general terms, I am interested in social cognition and in self-regulation.

Specific areas of interest are:

* existential concerns & perceptions of meaning in life and happiness
* affect and self-regulation, in particular boredom and disillusionment
* affective forecasting

* heroism & perceptions of heroes

* impact of lay beliefs on judgments and decisions






Professional Activities

Association

  • , American Psychological Society (APS)
  • , Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (DGfP)
  • , European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)
  • , International Social Cognition Network
  • , Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)

Publications

Book

Book Chapter

2019

The SAGE Handbook of Applied Social Psychology
Maher, P. J., O'Shea, D., & Igou, E. R.
Social cognition in the workplace: The future of research on the meaning of work.

2019

The unbearable lightness of boredom: A pragmatic meaning-regulation hypothesis
van Tilburg W.A.P.;Igou E.R.
Boredom Is in Your Mind: A Shared Psychological-Philosophical Approach DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-26395-9_2

2017

Attributes and applications of heroes: A brief history of lay and academic perspectives
Kinsella, E. L., Ritchie, T. D., & Igou, E. R.
Handbook of Heroism and Heroic Leadership

2012

Preferences
Igou, E. R., Van Dongen, F., & Van Tilburg, W. A. P.
Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd Edition DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-375000-6.00286-X

2009

Metacognition.
Bless, H., Keller, J., & Igou, E.R.
Social Cognition: The Basis of Human Interaction Frontiers of Social Psychology

2006

Mood as resource in structuring goal pursuit.
Trope, Y., Igou, E.R., & Burke, C
Affect in social thinking and behavior. Frontiers of Social Psychology

2005

Mood and the use of general knowledge structures in judgment and decision making
Bless, H., & Igou, E.R.
The routines of decision making

2005

Stimmung und Informationsverarbeitung
Bless, H. & Igou, E.R.
Handbuch für Sozialpsychologie und Kommunikationspsychologie

2002

Die Rolle kognitiv verfügbarer Information bei der Eindrucksbildung
Bless, H., & Igou, E. R.
Das experimentalpsychologische Praktikum. Computergestützte Versuchssteuerung im Labor und WWW

Conference Publication

2010

ASPO
Van de Calseyde, P. P. F. M., & Igou, E. R.

Other Journal

1994

Das Psychologiestudium der Zukunft oder: Was wir noch immer zu träumen wagen
Agudelo, D., Böhne, J., Crawford, M. Galliker, M. Hemmati-Weber, M., Horlacher, K. D., Hüneke, H., Igou, E. R., Rodewald, R., & Sommer J.
Journal für Psychologie

Peer Reviewed Journal

2020

Personal Life Satisfaction as a Measure of Societal Happiness is an Individualistic Presumption: Evidence from Fifty Countries
Krys K.;Park J.;Kocimska-Zych A.;Kosiarczyk A.;Selim H.A.;Wojtczuk-Turek A.;Haas B.W.;Uchida Y.;Torres C.;Capaldi C.A.;Bond M.H.;Zelenski J.M.;Lun V.M.C.;Maricchiolo F.;Vauclair C.M.;Poláčková Šolcová I.;Sirlopú D.;Xing C.;Vignoles V.L.;van Tilburg W.A.P.;Teyssier J.;Sun C.R.;Stoyanova S.;Serdarevich U.;Schwarz B.;Sargautyte R.;Røysamb E.;Romashov V.;Rizwan M.;Pavlović Z.;Pavlopoulos V.;van Osch Y.;Okvitawanli A.;Nadi A.;Nader M.;Nur Fariza M.;Mosca O.;Mohorić T.;Barrientos P.E.;Malyonova A.;Liu X.;Lee J.H.;Kwiatkowska A.;Kronberger N.;Klůzová Kračmárová L.;Kascakova N.;Işık İ.;Igou E.R.;Igbokwe D.O.;Hanke-Boer D.;Gavreliuc A.;Garðarsdóttir R.B.;Fülöp M.;Gamsakhurdia V.;Esteves C.S.;Domínguez-Espinosa A.;Denoux P.;Charkviani S.;Baltin A.;Mira A.D.M.;Appoh L.;Albert I.;Akotia C.S.;Adamovic M.
Journal Of Happiness Studies DOI: 10.1007/s10902-020-00311-y

2020

Just-World Beliefs Increase Helping Intentions via Meaning and Affect
Igou E.R.;Blake A.A.;Bless H.
Journal Of Happiness Studies DOI: 10.1007/s10902-020-00317-6

2020

The breaking bad effect: Priming with an antihero increases sensation seeking
Ulqinaku A.;Sarial-Abi G.;Kinsella E.L.;Igou E.R.
British Journal Of Social Psychology DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12374

2020

Existential escape of the bored: A review of meaning-regulation processes under boredom
Andrew B. Moynihan;Eric R. Igou;Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg;
European Review Of Social Psychology DOI: 10.1080/10463283.2020.1829347

2020

Subjective status and perceived legitimacy across countries.
Brandt MJ;Kuppens T;Spears R;Andrighetto L;Autin F;Babincak P;Badea C;Bae J;Batruch A;Becker JC;Bocian K;Bodroža B;Bourguignon D;Bukowski M;Butera F;Butler SE;Chryssochoou X;Conway P;Crawford JT;Croizet JC;de Lemus S;Degner J;Dragon P;Durante F;Easterbrook MJ;Essien I;Forgas JP;González R;Graf S;Halama P;Han G;Hong RY;Houdek P;Igou ER;Inbar Y;Jetten J;Jimenez Leal W;Jiménez-Moya G;Karunagharan JK;Kende A;Korzh M;Laham SM;Lammers J;Lim L;Manstead ASR;Međedović J;Melton ZJ;Motyl M;Ntani S;Owuamalam CK;Peker M;Platow MJ;Prims JP;Reyna C;Rubin M;Saab R;Sankaran S;Shepherd L;Sibley CG;Sobkow A;Spruyt B;Stroebaek P;Sümer N;Sweetman J;Teixeira CP;Toma C;Ujhelyi A;van der Toorn J;van Hiel A;Vásquez-Echeverría A;Vazquez A;Vianello M;Vranka M;Yzerbyt V;Zimmerman JL;
European Journal Of Social Psychology DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2694

2019

Risk-taking increases under boredom
Kılıç A.;van Tilburg W.;Igou E.
Journal Of Behavioral Decision Making DOI: 10.1002/bdm.2160

2019

A remedy for boredom
Eric R. Igou;Wijnand A. P. van Tilburg;
Physical Activity In Natural Settings DOI: 10.4324/9781315180144-8

2019

Lost in the crowd: Conformity as escape following disbelief in free will
Moynihan A.;Igou E.;van Tilburg W.
European Journal Of Social Psychology DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2499

2019

Meaning, nature and well-being
Jürgen Beckmann;Eric R. Igou;Eric Klinger;
Physical Activity In Natural Settings DOI: 10.4324/9781315180144-5

2019

Lost in the crowd: Conformity as escape following disbelief in free will
Moynihan, A. B., Igou, E. R., & Van Tilburg, W. A. P.
European Journal Of Social Psychology DOI: doi:10.1002/ejsp.2499

2019

Moral Judgment as Categorization (MJAC)
Cillian McHugh;Marek McGann;Eric R. Igou;Elaine Kinsella;
DOI: 10.31234/osf.io/72dzp

2019

Dreaming of a brighter future: Anticipating happiness instils meaning in life.
Van Tilburg W. A. P., & Igou, E. R.
Journal Of Happiness Studies DOI: 10.1007/s10902-018-9960-8

2019

On boredom and perceptions of heroes: A meaning-regulation approach to heroism.
Coughlan, G., Igou, E. R., Tilburg, W. A. P., Kinsella, E. L., & Ritchie, T. D.
Journal Of Humanistic Psychology DOI: 10.1177/0022167817705281

2019

Heroism and the pursuit of a meaningful life.
Kinsella, EL, Igou ER, & Ritchie TD
Journal Of Humanistic Psychology DOI: doi:10.1177/0022167817701002

2018

On the existential road from regret to heroism: Searching for meaning in life
Igou, ER;van Tilburg, WAP;Kinsella, EL;Buckley, LK
Frontiers in psychology DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02375

2018

Situational meaninglessness and state boredom: Cross-sectional and experience-sampling findings.
Chan, C. S., Van Tilburg, W. A. P., Igou, E. R., Poon, C. Y. S., Tam, K. Y. Y., Wong, V., & Cheung, S. K.
Motivation And Emotion DOI: 10.1007/s11031-018-9693-3

2018

Brexit, Trump, and the Polarizing Effect of Disillusionment
Maher, PJ;Igou, ER;van Tilburg, WAP
Social Psychological And Personality Science DOI: 10.1177/1948550617750737

2018
2017

Boredom Increases Impulsiveness A Meaning-Regulation Perspective
Moynihan, AB,Igou, ER,van Tilburg, WAP
Social Psychology DOI: 10.1027/1864-9335/a000317

2017

Free, connected, and meaningful: Free will beliefs promote meaningfulness through belongingness
Moynihan, AB, Igou, ER, Van Tilburg, WAP
Personality And Individual Differences DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.11.006

2016

Environmental Influences on Elite Sport Athletes Well Being: From Gold, Silver, and Bronze to Blue Green and Gold
Donnelly, AA,Maclntyre, TE,O'Sullivan, N,Warrington, G,Harrison, AJ,Igou, ER,Jones, M,Gidlow, C,Brick, N,Lahart, I,Cloak, R,Lane, AM
Frontiers in psychology DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01167

2016

Next to a Star: Paling, Shining, or Both? Turning Interexemplar Contrast into Interexemplar Assimilation
Michaela Wänke;Herbert Bless;Eric R. Igou;
Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin DOI: 10.1177/0146167201271002

2016

Conversational Expectations as a Basis for Order Effects in Persuasion
Eric R. Igou;Herbert Bless;
Journal Of Language And Social Psychology DOI: 10.1177/0261927x06303454

2016

Going to political extremes in response to boredom
Van Tilburg, WAP,Igou, ER
European Journal Of Social Psychology DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2205

2015

Eaten up by boredom: Consuming food to escape awareness of the bored self
Moynihan, A. B., Van Tilburg, W. A. P., Igou, E. R., Wisman, A., Donnelly, A. E., & Mulcaire, J. B.
Frontiers in psychology DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00369

2015

Zeroing in on heroes: A prototype analysis of hero features.
Kinsella, E. L., Ritchie, T. D., & Igou, E. R.
Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology DOI: 10.1037/a0038463

2015

Practicing what we preach: Investigating the role of social support in sport psychologists' well-being.
McCormack. H., MacIntyre, T. E., O'Shea, D., Campbell, M. J., Igou, E. R.
Frontiers in psychology DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01854

2015

Lay perspectives on the social and psychological functions of heroes.
Kinsella, E. L., Ritchie, T. D., & Igou, E. R.
Frontiers in psychology DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00130

2015

Practicing What We Preach: Investigating the Role of Social Support in Sport Psychologists’ Well-Being
Hannah M. McCormack;Tadhg E. MacIntyre;Deirdre O’Shea;Mark J. Campbell;Eric R. Igou;
Frontiers in psychology DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01854

2014

Metacognition and action: A new pathway to understanding social and cognitive aspects of expertise in sport.
MacIntyre, T. E., Igou, E. R., Campbell, M. J., Moran, A. P., & Matthews, J.
Frontiers in psychology DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01155

2014

Metacognition and action: a new pathway to understanding social and cognitive aspects of expertise in sport
Tadhg E. MacIntyre;Eric R. Igou;Mark J. Campbell;Aidan P. Moran;James Matthews;
Frontiers in psychology DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01155

2014

Moving onwards: An action continuation strategy in finding the way.
Van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Igou, E. R.
Journal Of Behavioral Decision Making DOI: 10.1002/bdm.1817

2014

The impact of middle names: Middle initials enhance perceived intellectual performance.
Van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Igou, E. R.
European Journal Of Social Psychology DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2026

2014

From Van Gogh to Lady Gaga: Artist eccentricity increases perceived artistic skill and art appreciation.
Van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Igou, E. R.
European Journal Of Social Psychology DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.1999

2013

In search for meaningfulness: Nostalgia as an antidote to boredom.
Van Tilburg, W. A. P., Igou, E. R., & Sedikides, C.
Emotion DOI: 10.1037/a0030442

2013

On the meaningfulness of behavior: An expectancy x value approach.
Van Tilburg, W. A. P. & Igou, E. R.
Motivation And Emotion DOI: 10.1007/s11031-012-9316-3

2012

Preference Judgments (Individuals)
E.R. Igou;F. van Dongen;W.A.P. van Tilburg;
Encyclopedia Of Human Behavior DOI: 10.1016/b978-0-12-375000-6.00286-x

2012

On boredom: Lack of challenge and meaning as distinct boredom experiences
Van Tilburg, W. A. P. & Igou, E. R.
Motivation And Emotion DOI: 10.1007/s11031-011-9234-9

2011

On the meaningfulness of existence: When life salience boosts adherence to worldviews.
Van Tilburg, W. A. P. & Igou, E. R.
European Journal Of Social Psychology DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.819

2011

On boredom and social identity: A pragmatic meaning-regulation approach.
van Tilburg, W. A .P., Igou, E. R.
Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin DOI: 10.1177/0146167211418530

2010

How Construal Levels Attenuate the Search for Unpleasant Truths
Yaniv Shani;Eric Igou;Marcel Zeelenberg;
Psycextra Dataset DOI: 10.1037/e621072012-073

2009

Different ways of looking at unpleasant truths: How construal levels influence information search.
Shani, Y., Igou, E. R., Zeelenberg, M.
Organizational Behavior And Human Decision Processes DOI: 10.1016/j.obhdp.2009.05.005

2007

Conversational expectations as a basis for order effects in persuasion.
Igou, ER; Bless, H
Journal Of Language And Social Psychology

2007

On undesirable consequences of thinking: framing effects as a function of substantive processing
Eric R. Igou;Herbert Bless;
Journal Of Behavioral Decision Making DOI: 10.1002/bdm.543

2006

Positive Mood and Future-Oriented Self-Evaluation
Ben Gervey;Eric R. Igou;Yaacov Trope;
Motivation And Emotion DOI: 10.1007/s11031-006-9011-3

2005

Positive mood and future-oriented self-evaluation.
Gervey, B; Igou, ER; Trope, Y
Motivation And Emotion

2005

The conversational basis for the dilution effect
Igou, E. R., & Bless, H.
Journal Of Language And Social Psychology DOI: 10.1177/0261927X04273035

2004

Lay theories in affective forecasting: The progression of affect
Eric R Igou;
Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2003.09.004

2003

Inferring the importance of arguments: Order effects and conversational rules
Eric R Igou;Herbert Bless;
Journal Of Experimental Social Psychology DOI: 10.1016/s0022-1031(02)00509-7

2001

Next to a star: Paling, shining, or both? Turning interexemplar contrast into interexemplar assimilation
Waenke, M., Bless, H., & Igou, E. R.
Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin

2000

Reducing context effects by adding context information: The direction and size of context effects in political judgment.
Bless, H., Igou, E. R., Schwarz, N., & Wänke, M.
Personality And Social Psychology Bulletin DOI: 10.1177/01461672002611002