My research is grounded in the personality processes of motivation and goal-regulation (Corr, 2008; Gray & McNaughton, 2000). People feel distress when two goals or impulses come into conflict. Distress promotes disengagement from the conflicted goal and subsides when a viable goal is pursued or the conflict is actively resolved. Goals focused on moving towards positive outcomes (i.e., approach-motivated goals) are particularly effective at regulating distress. Approach-motivated goals increase the salience of rewarding stimuli and decrease the salience of irrelevant, potentially obstructive stimuli. Conflict may also be resolved through self-control—the process in which thoughts, emotions, or impulses are inhibited to pursue a more focal goal.
From this perspective, I examine basic motivational and affective mechanisms of personality and self-regulatory processes. I have three related lines of research. First, I examine the nature of psychological threat and ideological convictions. Second, I examine individual differences in distress and conflict. Third, I examine social decision-making and self-control.
- Nash K., Johansson A. and Yogeeswaran K. (2019) Social media approval reduces emotional arousal for people high in narcissism: Electrophysiological evidence. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 13 292: 10. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2019.00292.
- Sainudiin R., Yogeeswaran K., Nash K. and Sahioun R. (2019) Characterizing the Twitter network of prominent politicians and SPLC-defined hate groups in the 2016 US presidential election. Social Network Analysis and Mining 9 34: 15. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13278-019-0567-9.
- Nash K., Lea JM., Davies T. and Yogeeswaran K. (2018) The bionic blues: Robot rejection lowers self-esteem. Computers in Human Behavior 78: 59-63. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2017.09.018.
- Sainudiin R., Yogeeswaran K., Nash K. and Sahioun R.. (2018) Rejecting the Null Hypothesis of Apathetic Retweeting of US politicians and SPLC-defined Hate Groups in the 2016 US Presidential Election. In Proceedings ASONAM 2018: 250-253. IEEE/ACM. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ASONAM.2018.8508555.
- Nash K., Baumgartner T. and Knoch D. (2017) Group-focused morality is associated with limited conflict detection and resolution capacity: Neuroanatomical evidence. Biological Psychology 123: 235-240. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2016.12.018.