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O'Brien, E. (2022). Losing sight of piecemeal progress: People lump and dismiss improvement efforts that fall short of categorical change—despite improving. Psychological Science, 33, 1278-1299.
O'Brien, E. (2022). The "next" effect: When a better future worsens the present. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 13, 456-465
Wald, K. A., & O'Brien, E. (in press). Repeated exposure to success harshens reactions to failure. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Li, X., Hsee, C., K., O'Brien, E. (in press). "It could be better" can make it worse: When and why people mistakenly communicate upward counterfactual information. Journal of Marketing Research.
Kardas, M., Schroeder, & O'Brien, E. (in press). Keep talking: (Mis)Understanding the hedonic trajectory of conversation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Winet, Y. K., & O'Brien, E. (in press). Ending on a familiar note: Perceived endings motivate repeat consumption. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Weingarten, E., Duke, K., Liu, W., Hamilton, R. W., Amir, O., Appel, G., Cerf, M., Goodman, J. K., Morales, A. C., O'Brien, E., Quoidbach, J., & Sun, M. (in press). What makes people happy? Decoupling the experiential-material continuum. Journal of Consumer Psychology.
O'Brien, E. (in press). Look back, not ahead? Time use and the value of revisiting past experiences. In C. Hoerl, T. McCormack, & A. Fernandes (Eds.), Temporal asymmetries in philosophy and psychology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
O'Brien, E. (2021). A mind stretched: The psychology of repeat consumption. Consumer Psychology Review, 4, 42-58.
O'Brien, E. (2020). When small signs of change add up: The psychology of tipping points. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 29, 55-62.
Kristal, A. C., O'Brien, E., & Caruso, E. M. (2019). Yesterday’s news: A temporal discontinuity in the sting of inferiority. Psychological Science, 30, 643-656.
O'Brien, E. (2019). Enjoy it again: Repeat experiences are less repetitive than people think. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 116, 519-540.
O'Brien, E., & Kassirer, S. (2019). People are slow to adapt to the warm glow of giving. Psychological Science, 30, 193-204.
Roberts, A., & O'Brien, E. (2019). Work well-being. In D. S. Dunn (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Psychology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
O'Brien, E., & Smith, R. W. (2019). Unconventional consumption methods and enjoying things consumed: Recapturing the “first time” experience. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 45, 67-80.
Klein, N., & O'Brien, E. (2018). People use less information than they think to make up their minds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115, 13222-13227.
Kardas, M., & O'Brien, E. (2018). Easier seen than done: Merely watching others perform can foster an illusion of skill acquisition. Psychological Science, 29, 521-536.
O'Brien, E., Kristal, A. C., Ellsworth, P. C., & Schwarz, N. (2018). (Mis)imagining the good life and the bad life: Envy and pity as a function of the focusing illusion. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 75, 41-53.
O'Brien, E., & Roney, E. (2017). Worth the wait? Leisure can be just as enjoyable with work left undone. Psychological Science, 28, 1000-1015.
Klein, N., & O'Brien, E. (2017). The power and limits of personal change: When a bad past does (and does not) inspire in the present. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 113, 210-229.
O'Brien, E., & Klein, N. (2017). The tipping point of perceived change: Asymmetric thresholds in diagnosing improvement versus decline. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 112, 161-185.
Chopik, W. J., O'Brien, E., & Konrath, S. (2017). Differences in empathic concern and perspective taking across 63 countries. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48, 23-38.
Chopik, W. J., & O'Brien, E. (2017). Happy you, healthy me? Having a happy partner is independently associated with better health in oneself. Health Psychology, 36, 21-30.
O'Brien, E., & Kardas, M. (2016). The implicit meaning of (my) change. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111, 882-894.
Klein, N., & O'Brien, E. (2016). The tipping point of moral change: When do good and bad acts make good and bad actors? Social Cognition, 34, 149-166.
O'Brien, E. (2015). Mapping out past versus future minds: The perceived trajectory of rationality versus emotionality over time. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144, 624-628.
O'Brien, E. (2015). Feeling connected to younger versus older selves: The asymmetric impact of life stage orientation. Cognition and Emotion, 29, 678-686.
Chopik, W. J., O'Brien, E., Konrath, S., & Schwarz, N. (2015). MLK Day and attitude change: Liking the group more but its members less. Political Psychology, 36, 559-567.
Konrath, S., Chopik, W. J., Hsing, C., & O'Brien, E. (2014). Changes in adult attachment styles in American college students over time: A meta-analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 18, 326-348.
*Campbell, T., *O'Brien, E., Van Boven, L., Schwarz, N., & Ubel, P. A. (2014). Too much experience: A desensitization bias in emotional perspective taking. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 272-285.
*Joint first authorship (alphabetical)
O'Brien, E., & Hagen, A. L. (2013). The thrill of (absolute) victory: Success among many enhances emotional payoffs. Emotion, 13, 366-374.
O'Brien, E. (2013). Easy to retrieve but hard to believe: Metacognitive discounting of the unpleasantly possible. Psychological Science, 24, 844-851.
O'Brien, E., Konrath, S., Grühn, D., & Hagen, A. L. (2013). Empathic concern and perspective taking: Linear and quadratic effects of age across the adult lifespan. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 68, 168-175.
2012 and earlier
O'Brien, E., Ellsworth, P. C., & Schwarz, N. (2012). Today’s misery and yesterday’s happiness: Differential effects of current life-events on perceptions of past wellbeing. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 968-972.
O'Brien, E., & Ellsworth, P. C. (2012). Polar opposites: Empathy does not extend across the political aisle. The Jury Expert, 24, 25-39.
O'Brien, E., & Ellsworth, P. C. (2012). More than skin deep: Visceral states are not projected onto dissimilar others. Psychological Science, 23, 391-396.
O'Brien, E., & Ellsworth, P.C. (2012). Saving the last for best: A positivity bias for end experiences. Psychological Science, 23, 163-165.
O'Brien, E., Anastasio, P. A., & Bushman, B. J. (2011). Time crawls when you’re not having fun: Feeling entitled makes dull tasks drag on. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 1287-1296.
Konrath, S., O'Brien, E., & Hsing, C. (2011). Changes in dispositional empathy in American college students over time: A meta-analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 15, 180-198.
Bushman, B. J., & O'Brien, E. (2011). Aggression. In V. S. Ramachandran (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Behavior. New York, NY: Academic Press.
Anderson, M. J., Williams, S. A., & O'Brien, E. (2009). Individual differences in preferred neck-resting position of Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber). Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 14, 66-78.