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Gregory D. Webster

Gregory D. Webster

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I primarily research prosocial and aggressive behavior from an evolutionary social psychological perspective. My prosocial research examines within-family resource allocation as a function of genetic relatedness and emotional closeness. My aggression research examines relationships between different domains of self-esteem and aggression. I am currently developing a new line of research that examines human connectedness via social network analysis. My secondary interests include (a) close relationships, (b) using publication trends to study the psychology of scientists, (c) heuristics and biases in perceptions of rare and random events, and (d) novel applications of cutting-edge data collection and analysis methods to social-personality psychology.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Close Relationships
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
  • Sociology, Social Networks

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Journal Articles:

  • Bryan, A. D., Webster, G. D., & Mahaffey, A. L. (2011). The big, the rich, and the powerful: Physical, financial, and social dimensions of dominance in mating and attraction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 365-382. doi:10.1177/0146167210395604
  • DeWall, C. N., Bushman, B. J., Giancola, P. R., & Webster, G. D. (2010). The big, the bad, and the boozed-up: Weight moderates the effect of alcohol on aggression. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 619-623. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2010.02.008
  • DeWall, C. N., MacDonald, G., Webster, G. D., Masten, C., Baumeister, R. F., Powell, C., Combs, D., Schurtz, D. R., Stillman, T. F., Tice, D. M., & Eisenberger, N. I. (2010). Acetaminophen reduces social pain: Behavioral and neural evidence. Psychological Science, 21, 931–937. doi:10.1177/0956797610374741
  • Duffy, R. D., Jadidian, A., Webster, G. D., & Sandell, K. J. (in press). The research productivity of academic psychologists: Assessment, trends, and best practice recommendations. Scientometrics. doi:10.1007/s11192-011-0452-4
  • Jonason, P. K., & Webster, G. D. (2010). The Dirty Dozen: A concise measure of the Dark Triad. Psychological Assessment, 22, 420-432. doi:10.1037/a0019265
  • Kirkpatrick, L. A., Waugh, C. E., Valencia, A., & Webster, G. D. (2002). The functional domain specificity of self-esteem and the differential prediction of aggression. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 756-767. doi:10.1037//0022-3514.82.5.756
  • Perilloux, H. K., Webster, G. D., & Gaulin, S. J. C. (2010). Signals of genetic quality and maternal investment capacity: The dynamic effects of fluctuating asymmetry and waist-to-hip ratio on men’s ratings of women’s attractiveness. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1, 34-42. doi:10.1177/1948550609349514
  • Webster, G. D. (2008). The kinship, acceptance, and rejection model of altruism and aggression (KARMAA): Implications for interpersonal and intergroup aggression. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 12, 27-38. doi:10.1037/1089-2699.12.1.27
  • Webster, G. D. (2007). Evolutionary theory's increasing role in personality and social psychology. Evolutionary Psychology, 5, 84-91.
  • Webster, G. D. (2007). Is the relationship between self-esteem and physical aggression necessarily U-shaped? Journal of Research in Personality, 41, 977-982. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2007.01.001
  • Webster, G. D. (2007). The Electoral College exacerbates the red-blue divide and disenfranchises ethnic minorities. American Psychologist, 62, 701-703. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.62.7.701b
  • Webster, G. D. (2007). The demise of the increasingly protracted APA journal article? American Psychologist, 62, 255-257. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.62.3.255
  • Webster, G. D. (2003). Prosocial behavior in families: Moderators of resource sharing. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39, 644-652. doi:10.1016/S0022-1031(03)00055-6
  • Webster, G. D., Brunell, A. B., & Pilkington, C. J. (2009). Men’s and women’s warmth and disclosure differentially moderate couples’ reciprocity in conversational disclosure. Personality and Individual Differences, 46, 292-297. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2008.10.014
  • Webster, G. D., & Bryan, A. (2007). Sociosexual attitudes and behaviors: Why two factors are better than one. Journal of Research in Personality, 41, 917-922. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2006.08.007
  • Webster, G. D., & Kirkpatrick, L. A. (2006). Behavioral and self-reported aggression as a function of domain-specific self-esteem. Aggressive Behavior, 32, 17-27. doi:10.1002/ab.20102
  • Webster, G. D., Kirkpatrick, L. A., Nezlek, J. B., Smith, C. V., & Paddock, E. L. (2007). Different slopes for different folks: Self-esteem instability and gender as moderators of the relationship between self-esteem and attitudinal aggression. Self and Identity, 6, 74-94. doi:10.1080/15298860600920488
  • Webster, G. D., Nichols, A. L., & Schember, T. O. (2009). American psychology is becoming more international. American Psychologist, 64, 566-568. doi:10.1037/a0016193
  • Webster, G. D., Urland, G. R., & Correll, J. (in press). Can uniform color color aggression? Quasi-experimental evidence from professional ice hockey. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
  • Webster, G. D., & Weir, C. G. (2005). Perceptions of emotion in music: Interactive effects of mode, texture, and tempo. Motivation and Emotion, 29, 19-39. doi:10.1007/s11031-005-4414-0

Courses Taught:

Gregory D. Webster
Department of Psychology
University of Florida
P.O. Box 112250
Gainesville, Florida 32611-2250
United States

  • Work: (352) 273-2160
  • Mobile: (303) 895-7312
  • Fax: (352) 392-7985
  • Skype Name: gdwebs

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