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Jerry Suls

Jerry Suls

Professor Suls has research interests in social comparison, health psychology, stress, reactivity, and personality. Specific projects concern the effects of multiple social comparisons, the above/below average effect, assimilation-contrast effects, and social norms.

Primary Interests:

  • Health Psychology
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Self and Identity

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Journal Articles:

  • Arigo, D., Suls, J., & Smyth, J. (2012). Social comparisons and chronic illness: Research synthesis and clinical implications. Health Psychology Review, 6, 1-61.
  • David, J., Green, P., Martin, R., & Suls, J. (1997). Differential roles of neuroticism, extraversion and event desirability on mood in daily life: An integrative model of top-down and bottom-up influences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73, 149-159.
  • Howren, M. B., & Suls, J. (2011). The Symptom Perception Hypothesis revised: Depressive and anxious affect play different roles in concurrent and retrospective reporting of physical symptoms. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 182-195.
  • Rose, G., Suls, J., Green, P., Lounsbury, P., & Gordon, E. (1996). Comparison of adjustment, activity, tangible social support in men and women patients and their spouses during the six months post-myocardial infarction. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 18, 264-272.
  • Shin, J-Y., Suls, J., & Martin, R. (2008) Are cholesterol and depression inversely related? Meta- analyses of the association between two cardiac risk factors. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 36, 33-43.
  • Suls, J., Green, P., & Hillis, S. (1998). Emotional reactivity to everyday problems, affective inertia, and neuroticism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24, 127-136.
  • Suls, J., Green, P., Rose, G., Lounsbury, P., & Gordon, E. (1997). Hiding worries from one's spouse: Coping via protective buffering in male post-MI patients and their wives. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 20, 333-349.
  • Suls, J., & Howren, M. B. (2012). Understanding the physical symptom experience: The distinctive contributions of anxiety and depression. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21, 129-134.
  • Suls, J., Luger, T., Curry, S., Mermelstein, R., Sporer, A., & An, L. (2012). Efficacy of smoking cessation interventions for young adults: A meta-analysis. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42, 655-662.
  • Suls, J., & Martin, R. (2011). Heart disease occurs in a biological, psychological and social matrix: Illustrations from cardiac risk factors, symptom presentation and recovery. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 41, 164-173.
  • Suls, J., & Martin, R. (2009). The air we breath: A critical look at practices and alternatives to the traditional peer review process. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 40-50.
  • Suls, J., Martin, R., & David, J. P. (1998). Person-environment fit and its limits: Agreeableness, neuroticism, and emotional reactivity to interpersonal conflict. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24, 88-98.
  • Wheeler, L., Martin, R., & Suls, J. (1997). The proxy model of social comparison for self-evaluation of ability. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 1, 54-61.

Other Publications:

  • Suls, J., & Martin, R. (2001). Social comparison processes in the physical health domain. In A. Baum, T. Revenson, and J. Singer (Eds.), Handbook of health and psychology. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Suls, J., Martin, R., & Leventhal, H. (1997). Social comparison, lay referral, and the decision to seek medical care. In B. Buunk and F. Gibbons (Eds.), Health, coping and well-being: Perspectives from social comparison theory (pp. 195-226). Mahwah NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Suls, J., & Wheeler, L. (2012). Social comparison theory. In P. Van Lange, A. Kruglanski, & E. T. Higgins (Eds.), Handbook of theories of social psychology (Vol. 1, pp. 460-482). London: Sage.

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Social-Personality Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Introduction to Health and Behavioral Sciences
  • Introduction to Social Psychology

Jerry Suls
Department of Psychology
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1407
United States

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