Joseph P. Forgas has research interests in affect and social behaviour, social interaction processes, social judgments, and social cognition. His recent studies investigated the influence of affective states on memory, social cognition, judgments, decisions, and interpersonal behaviours such as language use, requesting, negotiation, social influence strategies, and persuasion.
Profesor Forgas has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Australian Psychological Society (2004), the Special Investigator Award from the Australian Research Council, and has been elected Fellow by the American Psychological Society, the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
He is also convener of the annual Sydney Symposium of Social Psychology series (www.sydneysymposium.unsw.edu.au). Recent volumes in this series published by Psychology Press and Cambridge University Press dealt with such topics as "Feeling and Thinking" (2000), "The Social Mind" (2001), "Social Influence" (2002), "The Social Self" (2003), "Social Judgments" (2004), "Social Motivation" (2005), "The Social Outcast" (2005), Affect and social behavior (2006), Evolution and social cognition (2007) and Personal relationships (in press). The Symposium in 2008 will deal with "Self-regulation".
- Close Relationships
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Interpersonal Processes
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Person Perception
- Social Cognition
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Affect Research Laboratory
- Forgas, J. P., Baumeister, R. H., & Tice, D. M. (Eds.). (2009). Psychology of self-regulation: Cognitive, affective and motivational processes. New York: Psychology Press.
- Forgas, J. P. (Ed.). (2006). Affect in social thinking and behavior. New York: Psychology Press.
- Forgas, J. P. (Ed.). (2001). Handbook of affect and social cognition. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
- Forgas, J. P., & Fitness, J. (Eds.). (2008). Social relationships: Cognitive, affective and motivational processes. New York: Psychology Press.
- Forgas, J. P., Williams, K. D., & Laham, S. M. (Eds.). (2009). Social motivation: Conscious and unconscious processes. Cambridge University Press.
- Forgas, J. P., Williams, K. D., & von Hippel, W. (Eds.). (2010). Social judgments: Implicit and explicit processes. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Williams, K. D., Forgas, J. D., & von Hippel, W. (Eds.). (2005). The social outcast: Ostracism, social exclusion, rejection, and bullying. Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.
- Alter, A. L., & Forgas, J. P. (2007). On being happy but fearing failure: The effects of mood on self-handicapping strategies. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 947-954.
- Forgas, J. P. (2007). When sad is better than happy: Negative affect can improve the quality and effectiveness of persuasive messages and social influence strategies. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 513-528.
- Forgas, J. P. (2002). Towards understanding the role of affect in social thinking and behavior. Psychological Inquiry, 13, 90-102.
- Forgas, J. P., & East, R. (2008). On being happy and gullible: Mood effects on skepticism and the detection of deception. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 1362-1367.
- Forgas, J. P., Goldenberg, L., & Unkelbach, C. (2009). Can bad weather improve your memory? An unobtrusive field study of natural mood effects on real-life memory. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 54, 254-257.
- Forgas, J. P., Vargas, P., & Laham, S. (2005). Mood effects on eyewitness memory: Affective influences on susceptibility to misinformation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 41, 574-588.
- Unkelbach, C., Forgas, J. P., & Denson, T. (2008). The turban effect: The influence of Muslim headgear and induced affect on aggressive responses in the shooter bias paradigm. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44(5), 1409-1413.
- Wyland, C., & Forgas, J. P. (2007). On bad mood and white bears: The effects of mood state on ability to suppress unwanted thoughts. Cognition and Emotion, 21, 1513-1524.
- Forgas, J. P. (2007). Mood effects on memory, social judgments and social interaction. In M. A. Gluck, J. R. Anderson, & S. M. Kosslyn (Eds.), Memory and mind: A festschrift for Gordon H. Bower (pp. 262-281). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
School of Psychology
University of New South Wales
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