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2020/In Press

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. (2020). When small signs of change add up: The psychology of tipping points. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 29, 55-62.

2019

Kristal, A. C., O'Brien, E., & Caruso, E. M. (2019). Yesterday’s news: A temporal discontinuity in the sting of inferiority. Psychological Science, 30, 64-656.

 

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.

2018

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.

2017

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.

2016

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.

2015

 

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.

2014

 

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)

2013

 

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

 

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.

2011/Earlier

 

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.