My research program is focused on the motivated social-cognitive processes on which individuals rely to make sense of themselves and the world. Examples of these processes include the creation and adherence to worldviews and values at the individual level, and norms of equality and fairness at the social level. Additionally, I am particularly interested in the psychological and social consequences that occur when individuals face threats to their constructed worldviews, values, and norms.
My most recent theorizing involves a novel ‘dual-component’ conception of the psychology of liberty and particularly the experience of restricted liberty. This overarching theoretical framework explores the psychological processes relevant to freedom in the contexts of ‘existential liberty’ and ‘civil liberty’. In terms of existential liberty, the model distinguishes between the terror management theory process of ‘worldview defense’ (e.g., Greenberg, Pyszczynski, & Solomon, 1986) and the death reflection process of ‘worldview capitulation’ (Cozzolino, 2006), and it places this distinction in the context of being existentially controlled or existentially free. In terms of civil liberty, the model seeks to establish the affective, cognitive, motivational, and behavioral consequences of restricted and/or threatened liberties (e.g., CCTV monitoring, stop-and-search policies, extended detentions).
- Attitudes and Beliefs
- Causal Attribution
- Ethics and Morality
- Group Processes
- Helping, Prosocial Behavior
- Intergroup Relations
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Political Psychology
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Cozzolino, P. J., Blackie, L. E. R., & Meyers, L. S. (in press). Self-related consequences of death fear and death denial. Death Studies.
- Cozzolino, P. J. (2011). Trust, cooperation, and equality: A psychological analysis of the formation of social capital. British Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 302-320.
- Blackie, L. E. R., & Cozzolino, P. J. (2011). Of blood and death: A test of dual-existential systems in the context of prosocial intentions. Psychological Science, 22, 998-1000.
- Morison, L. A., Cozzolino, P. J., & Orbell, S. (2010). Temporal perspective and parental intention to accept the Human Papillomavirus vaccination for their daughter. British Journal of Health Psychology,15, 151-165.
- Niemiec, C. P., Brown, K. W., Kashdan, T. B., Cozzolino, P. J., Breen, W., Levesque, C., & Ryan, R. M. (2010). Being present in the face of existential threat: The role of trait mindfulness in reducing defensive responses to mortality salience. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 344-365.
- Cozzolino, P. J., Sheldon, K. M., Schachtman, T. R., & Meyers, L. S. (2009). Limited time perspective, values, and greed: Imagining a limited future reduces avarice in extrinsic people. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 399-408.
- Cozzolino, P. J., & Snyder, M (2008). Good times, bad times: How personal disadvantage moderates the relationship between social dominance and efforts to win. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 1420-1433.
- Cozzolino, P. J. (2006). Death contemplation, growth, and defense: Converging evidence of dual-existential systems? Psychological Inquiry, 17, 278-287.
- Cozzolino, P. J., Staples, A. D., Meyers, L. S., & Samboceti, J. (2004). Greed, death, and values: From terror management to transcendence management theory. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 278-292.
- Cozzolino, P. J., & Blackie, L. E. R. (2013). I die, therefore I am: The pursuit of meaning in the light of death. In Joshua Hicks and Clay Routledge (Eds.), The experience of meaning in life: Classical perspectives, emerging themes, and controversies. Springer.
Philip J. Cozzolino
Department of Psychology
University of Essex
Colchester CO4 3SQ
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