Kenneth DeMarree

PhD

Kenneth DeMarree.

Kenneth DeMarree

PhD

Kenneth DeMarree

PhD

Research Interests

Attitudes; metacognition; self

Education

  • PhD, Ohio State University

Current Research

I have three primary programs of research that share a common focus on metacognitive processes.  My first line of work examines the strength of people’s mental contents (attitudes and thoughts).  Some mental contents better predict relevant outcomes than do others (i.e., they are stronger), and this work examines the factors that predict which mental contents will have those properties, including metacognitive assessments of confidence, ambivalence, and liking.  My second line of work examines people’s desire to change their own attitudes, including when and why people may want different attitudes and the means they use to pursue this change.  Finally, other work examines the effects of the mindfulness-related concept of decentering on people’s emotional lives, including implications for emotion regulation and mental health.

Selected Publications

  • DeMarree, K. G., & Naragon-Gainey, K. (in press). Individual differences in the contents and form of present-moment awareness: The Multidimensional Awareness Scale. Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1177/1073191120986605
  • DeMarree, K. G., Petty, R. E., Briñol, P., & Xia, J. (2020). Documenting individual differences in the propensity to hold attitudes with certainty. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 119(6), 1239–1265. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspa0000241
  • Weng, J., & DeMarree, K. G. (2019). An examination of whether mindfulness can predict the relationship between objective and subjective attitudinal ambivalence. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 854. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00854
  • Light, A. E., Rios, K., & DeMarree, K. G. (2018). Self-uncertainty and the influence of alternative goals on self-regulation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44(1), 24-36. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167217730368
  • Itzchakov, G., DeMarree, K. G., Kluger, A. N., & Turjeman-Levi, Y. (2018). The listener sets the tone: High-quality listening increases attitude clarity and behavior-intention consequences. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44(5), 762-778. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167217747874
  • Naragon-Gainey, K., & DeMarree, K. G. (2017). Decentering attenuates the associations of negative affect and positive affect with psychopathology. Clinical Psychological Science, 5(6), 1027-1047. https://doi.org/10.1177/2167702617719758
  • DeMarree, K. G., & Bobrowski, M. E. (2017). Structure and Validity of Self-Concept Clarity Measures. In J. Lodi-Smith & K. G. DeMarree (Eds.), Self-concept clarity: Perspectives on assessment, research, and applications (pp. 1-17). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71547-6_1
  • DeMarree, K. G., Clark, C. J., Wheeler, S. C., Briñol, P., & Petty, R. E. (2017). On the pursuit of desired attitudes: Wanting a different attitude affects information processing and behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 70, 129-142. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2017.01.003
  • Hartman, R. O., Dieckmann, N. F., Sprenger, A., Stastny, B. J., & DeMarree, K. G. (2017). Modeling Attitudes toward Science: Development and Validation of the Credibility of Science Scale (CoSS). Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 39(6), 358-371. https://doi.org/10.1080/01973533.2017.1372284
  • Serra, M. J., & DeMarree, K. G. (2016). Unskilled and unaware in the classroom: College students’ desired grades bias their grade predictions. Memory & Cognition, 44(7), 1127-1137. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13421-016-0624-9
  • DeMarree, K. G., Briñol, P., & Petty, R. E. (2015). Reducing subjective ambivalence by creating doubt: A metacognitive approach. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6(7), 731-739. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550615581497
  • DeMarree, K. G., Briñol, P., & Petty, R. E. (2014). The effects of power on prosocial outcomes: A self-validation analysis. Journal of Economic Psychology, 41, 20-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joep.2012.07.005
  • DeMarree, K. G., & Rios, K. (2014). Understanding the relationship between self-esteem and self-clarity: The role of desired self-esteem. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 50, 202-209. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2013.10.003
  • DeMarree, K. G., Wheeler, S. C., Briñol, P., & Petty, R. E. (2014). Wanting other attitudes: Actual–desired attitude discrepancies predict feelings of ambivalence and ambivalence consequences. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 53(1), 5-18. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2014.02.001
  • Rios, K., DeMarree, K. G., & Statzer, J. (2014). Attitude certainty and conflict style: Divergent effects of correctness and clarity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40(7), 819-830. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167214528991