Jia Wei Zhang, Ph.D.

Jia Wei Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Experimental (Social Psychology)

Psychology Building, Room 328
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  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A., San Francisco State University

Research Interests

  • Emotion (e.g., awe, gratitude)
  • Emotion Regulation (e.g., self-compassion)
  • Consumption
  • Well-being
  • Social Hiearchy
  • Nature
  • Prosocial Behavior
  • Time Perception

Recent Publications

  • Zhang, J. W., Chen, S., Tomova, T. K*., Bilgin, B*., Nutankumar, T., Shaban-Azad, H., Razavi, P., & Manukyan, A. (2019). A compassionate self is a true self?: Self-compassion promotes subjective authenticity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
  • Yaden, D., Kaufman, S., Hyde, E., Chirico, A., Gaggioli, Zhang, J. W., & Keltner, D. (2018). The Development of the Awe Experience Scale (AWE-S): A Multifactorial Measure for a Complex Emotion. Journal of Positive Psychology.
  • Zhang, J. W. (in press). Asian Americans and Materialism: Exploring the Phenomenon and Its Why and When. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology.
  • Zhang, J. W., & Chen, S. (2017) Self-compassion promotes positive adjustment for people who attribute responsibility of a romantic breakup to themselves. Self and Identity.
  • Zhang, J. W., & Chen, S. (2016) Self-Compassion Promotes Personal Improvement from Regret Experiences via Acceptance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 2, 244-258.
  • Razavi, P., Zhang, J. W., Hekiert, D., Yoo, S. H., & Howell, R. T. (2016). Cross-cultural Similarities and Differences in the Experience of Awe. Emotion. 16, 1097-1101.
  • Mello, Z. R., Zhang, J. W., Barber, S. J., Paloni, V. C., Howell, R. T., & Worrell, F. C. (2016). Psychometric properties of time attitude scores in young, middle, and older adult samples. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 57-61.
  • Zhang, J W., Piff, P. K., Iyer, R., Koleva, S., & Keltner, D. (2014). An occasion for unselfing: Beautiful nature leads to prosociality. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 37, 61-72.
  • Zhang, J. W., Howell, R. T., Caprariello, P. A., & Guevarra, D. (2014). Damned if they do, damned if they don’t: Material buyers are not happier from material or experiential consumption. Journal of Research in Personality, 50, 71-83.
  • Zhang, J. W., Howell, R. T., & Howell, C. J. (2014). Living in wealthy neighborhood increases material desires and maladaptive consumption. Journal of Consumer Culture, 1-20.
  • Zhang, J. W., Howell, R. T., & Iyer, R. (2014). Engagement with natural beauty moderates the positive relation between connectedness with nature and well-being. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 38, 55-63.
  • Zhang, J. W., Howell, R. T., & Bowerman, T. (2013). Validating a brief measure of the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory. Time & Society, 22, 391-409.
  • Zhang, J. W., Howell, R. T., & Stolarski, M. (2013). Comparing three methods to measure a balanced time perspective: The relationship between a balanced time perspective and subjective well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 169-184.
  • Zhang, J. W., Howell, R. T., & Caprariello, P. A. (2013). Buying Life Experiences for the “Right” Reasons: A Validation of the Motivations for Experiential Buying Scale. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14, 817-842.
  • Zhang, J. W., & Howell, R. T. (2011). Do time perspectives predict unique variances in life satisfaction beyond personality traits? Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 1261–1266.