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Kenneth D. Locke

Kenneth D. Locke

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After studying cognitive, personality, and social psychology in graduate school, I received post-doctoral training in clinical psychology and worked as a licensed psychologist. Since returning to academia, I have tried to contribute research that integrates theoretical and methodological approaches from all of these areas. As part of that process, I have developed inventories to assess self-efficacy and values associated with each region of the interpersonal circumplex.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Research Methods, Assessment
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Locke, K. D. (2011). Interpersonal moderators of the effects of upward comparisons on ability judgments. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 33, 37-46.
  • Locke, K. D. (2009). Aggression, narcissism, self-esteem, and the attribution of desirable and humanizing traits to self versus others. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 99-102.
  • Locke, K. D. (2008). Attachment styles and interpersonal approach and avoidance goals in everyday couple interactions. Personal Relationships, 15, 359-374.
  • Locke, K. D. (2007). Personalized and generalized comparisons: Causes and consequences of variations in the focus of social comparisons. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 213-225.
  • Locke, K. D. (2006). What predicts well-being: a consistent self-concept or a desirable self-concept? Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 25, 228-247.
  • Locke, K. D. (2005). Connecting the horizontal dimension of social comparison with self-worth and self-confidence. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 795-803.
  • Locke, K. D. (2005). Interpersonal problems and interpersonal expectations in everyday life. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 24, 915-931.
  • Locke, K. D. (2003). H as a measure of the complexity of social information processing. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 7, 268-280.
  • Locke, K. D. (2003). Status and Solidarity in Social Comparison: Agentic and Communal Values and Vertical and Horizontal Directions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 619-631.
  • Locke, K. D., & Adamic, E. (2012). Interpersonal circumplex vector length and interpersonal decision making. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 764-769.
  • Locke, K. D., & Baik, K. (2009). Does an acquiescent response style explain why Koreans are less consistent than Americans? Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 40, 319-323
  • Locke, K. D., & Braun, C. C. (2009). Ambivalence versus valence: Analyzing the effects of opposing attitudes. Social Cognition, 27, 89-104.
  • Locke, K. D., & Christensen, L. (2007). Re-Construing the relational self-construal and its relationship with self-consistency. Journal of Research in Personality, 41, 389-402.
  • Locke, K. D., Craig, T. Y., Baik, K., & Gohil, K. (2012). Binds and bounds of communion: Effects of interpersonal values on assumed similarity of self and others. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 879-897.
  • Locke, K. D. & Sadler, P. (2007). Self-efficacy, values, and complementarity in dyadic interactions: Integrating interpersonal and social-cognitive theory. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 94-109.

Other Publications:

Courses Taught:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Behavioral Statistics
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Group Counseling
  • Human Sexuality
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Psychological Testing
  • Theories of Personality

Kenneth D. Locke
Department of Psychology
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3043
United States

  • Phone: (208) 883-4453
  • Fax: (208) 885-7710

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