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Jessica J. Carnevale

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Jessica J. Carnevale’s research examines how thoughts and motivations influence judgments and behaviors, specifically the factors that contribute to self-control success vs. failure, with particular emphasis on the role of concrete vs. abstract mental processes.

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in cognitive abstraction, self-regulation, and self-esteem. I am particularly interested in how abstract processing improves self-control as well as how exposure to abstract  vs. concrete stimuli (in the form of words vs. pictures) improves self-control.

Representative Courses

-Introduction to Psychology

- Social Psychology

- Health Psychology

- Practicum in Child Development

Publications

MacGregor, K.E., Carnevale, J.J.,* Dusthimer, N.E., Fujita, K. (in press). Knowledge of the self-control benefits of high-level versus low-level construal. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

*The first 2 authors contributed equally to this work.

Fujita, K., Carnevale, J.J., & Trope Y. (in press). Understanding self-control as a whole vs. part dynamic. Neuroethics.

Carnevale, J.J., & Fujita, K. (2016). What does ego-depletion research reveal about self-control? A conceptual analysis. In E. Hirt, J.J. Clarkson, L. Jia, & P.M. Egan (Eds.) Self-regulation and ego control (pp 87-110). Waltham, MA: Academic Press.

Carnevale, J.J. & Fujita, K. (2016). Consensus versus anarchy in the senate of the mind: On the roles of high-level versus low-level construal in self-control. In K.D. Vohs & R. Baumeister (Eds.) Handbook of Self-Regulation: Research, Theory and Applications Third Edition (pp 146-164). New York: Guilford Publications.

Carnevale, J.J. (2016). Self-Esteem. In H.L. Miller (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Theory in Psychology. New York: Sage Publications.

Carnevale, J.J., Fujita, K., Han, H.A., & Amit, E. (2015).  Immersion vs. transcendence: How pictures and words impact evaluative associations assessed by the Implicit Association Test. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 92-100.

Crocker, J., & Carnevale, J.J. (2013). Letting go of self-esteem. Scientific American Mind, 24, 26-33.

Fujita, K., & Carnevale, J.J. (2012).  Transcending temptation through abstraction: The role of construal level in self-control. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21, 248-252.

Carnevale, J.J., Inbar, Y., & Lerner, J.S. (2011).  Individual differences in need for cognition and decision-making competence among leaders.  Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 274-278.

Presentations / Conferences

Carnevale, J.J., & Fujita, K. (05/2016). Individual differences in low and high-level construal ability and self-control. Presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Carnevale, J.J., MacGregor, K.E., & Fujita, K. (05/2015). Recognizing high-level construal’s benefits for self-control leads to self-control success. Presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Carnevale, J.J., Fujita, K., Han, H.A., & Amit, E., (02/2015), The role of presentation format in stimulus categorization and evaluation in dieting self-control conflicts. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.

Carnevale, J.J., Fujita, K., Han, H.A., & Amit, E., (05/2014), Picture-Word Presentation and Categorization of Self-Control Related Stimuli. Presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Carnevale, J.J., Fujita, K., Han, H.A., & Amit, E., (01/2014), Does thinking in pictures vs. words lead to different evaluations and preferences? Invited talk at Capital University Psychology Department, Bexley, OH.

Carnevale, J.J., Fujita, K., Han, H.A., & Amit, E., (05/2013), Picture-Word Presentation and the Implicit Association Test. Presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Carnevale, J.J., Fujita, K., Han, H.A., & Amit, E., (03/2013), Does thinking in pictures vs. words lead to different choices? Presented at the Hayes Graduate Research Forum, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Carnevale, J.J., & Fujita K., (01/2012), Picture-word presentation and the implicit association test. Presented at the Graduate Student Research Forum, Psychology Department, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.