James Tyler

Degree: Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2006

Research Interests:

Dr. Tyler’s research is grounded in social psychology, focusing on the self as embedded in social relationships to examine how behavioral, motivational, and emotional self-components influence interpersonal functioning. To this end, he has conducted over 100 research studies widely examining the psychological processes involved in the self-presentation and self-regulation of interpersonal behavior. Underscoring all is the central tenet that people’s behaviors and emotions are influenced by their concerns about others’ impression and social acceptance of them. Dr. Tyler also explores various aspects of positive emotion, wellbeing, and belonging in conjunction with the self and self-relevant behaviors. A key line of this research examines feelings of gratitude; among our questions of interest: how do people experience and express gratitude, how do deliberate cognitive efforts (i.e., practice) influence gratitude, how do experiences of gratitude translate into positive psychological and physical health outcomes, and how might self-compassion influence feelings of gratefulness?

Recent Publications: (*Corresponding author)

Dvir, M., Kelly, J. R., Tyler, J. M., & Williams, K. D. (In Press). I’m up here! Sexual objectification leads to feelings of ostracism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Kearns, P. O. & *Tyler, J. M., (In Press). Examining the Relationship Between Awe, Spirituality, and Religiosity. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

Adams, K. E., *Tyler, J. M., Calogero, R. M., & Lee, J. (2018). Exploring the relationship between appearance-contingent self-worth and self-esteem: The role of self-objectification. Body Image, 23, 176-182.

*Tyler, J. M. & Adams, K. E. (2018). High self-monitors modulate their responses as a function of relevant social roles. European Journal of Social Psychology, doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2312.

*Tyler, J. M., & Calogero, R., & Adams, K. E. (2016). Perpetuation of sexual objectification: The role of resource depletion. British Journal of Social Psychology, 56, 334-353.

*Tyler, J. M., Kearns, P., & McIntyre, M. M. (2016). Effects of self-monitoring on processing of self-presentation information. Social Psychology, 47, 174-178.

Adams, K. E., & *Tyler, J. M. (2016). What did you say?: Self-regulatory depletion impairs monitoring for vocal cues. International Journal of Psychology, 51, 392-396.

VanderDrift, L. E., *Tyler, J. M., & Ma, L. (2015). Self-presentation of Romantic Relationships: Audience, Attachment Anxiety, and the Self-Presentation of Relationship Intimacy. Self and Identity, 14, 453-463.

*Tyler, J. M., McIntyre, M. M., Graziano, W. G., & Sands, K. J. (2014). High self-monitor’s cognitive access to self-presentation related information. British Journal of Social Psychology, 54, 205-219.

*Tyler, J. M. (2012). Triggering self-presentation efforts outside of people’s conscious awareness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 619-627.

Fedesco, H. & *Tyler, J. M. (2011). The communication of sexual identity-images in a self-presentational context. Social Influence, 6, 57-67.

*Tyler, J. M. & Gill-Rossier, J. (2009). Examining self-presentation as a motivational explanation for comparative optimism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 716-727.

*Tyler, J. M. (2009). Compensatory self-presentation in upward comparison situations. Human Communication Research, 35, 511-539.

*Tyler, J. M. (2008). In the eyes of others: Monitoring for relational value cues. Human Communication Research, 34, 521–549 (Lead article).

*Tyler, J. M., & Burns, K. C. (2008). After depletion: The replenishment of the self’s regulatory resources. Self and Identity, 7, 305-321.

*Tyler, J. M., & Feldman, R. S. (2007). The double-edged sword of excuses: When do they help, when do they hurt? Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 26, 659-688.

*Tyler, J. M., Reichert, A., & Feldman, R. S. (2006). The price of deceptive behavior: Disliking and lying to people who lie to us. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 42, 69-77.

*Tyler, J. M., & Feldman, R. S. (2005). Deflecting threat to one’s image: Dissembling personal information as a self-presentation strategy. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 27, 71-78.

*Tyler, J. M., & Feldman, R. S. (2004). Cognitive demand and self-presentation efforts: The influence of situational importance and interaction goal. Self and Identity. 3, 364-377.



James Tyler

Associate Professor, Social

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
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E-mail: tyler@purdue.edu
Telephone: (765) 494-3313
CV: Jim Tyler.pdf

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