Lab Publications

Motro, D., & Sullivan, D. (in press). Could two negative emotions be a positive? The effects of anger and anxiety in enemyship. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Sullivan, D., & Palitsky, R. (in press). An existential-psychological perspective on the human essence. In M. van Zomeren & J. Dovidio (Eds.), The handbook of the human essence. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Sullivan, D., & Stewart, S. A. (in press). Perceived uncontrollability as a coping resource: The control-serving function of enemies and uncertainty. In M. Bukowski, I. Fristche, A. Guinote, & M. Kofta (Eds.), Coping with lack of control in a social world. Routledge Psychology Press.

Sullivan, D. (in press). Person-environment mergence and separation: Otto Rank’s psychology of emotion, personality, and culture. The Psychoanalytic Review.

Sullivan, D., Palitsky, R., & Young, I. (in press). Terror management theory, art, and film. In C. Routledge and M. Vess (Eds.), The handbook of terror management theory. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Sullivan, D. (in press). Review of R. Esposito, Persons and Things, and M. Lazzarato, Signs and Machines. Theory and Psychology.

Sullivan, D. (in press). Review of G. Buelens, S. Durrant, & R. Eaglestone (Eds.), The Future of Trauma Theory. Kritikon Literrarum.

Sullivan, D., Keefer, L. A., Stewart, S. A., & Palitsky, R. (in press). Time-space distanciation: An interdisciplinary account of how culture shapes the implicit and explicit psychology of time and space. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.

Sullivan, D. (2016). Cultural-existential psychology: The role of culture in suffering and threat. Cambridge University Press.

Sullivan, D., Stewart, S.A., Landau, M.J., Liu, S., Yang, Q., & Diefendorf, J. (2016). Exploring repressive suffering construal as a function of collectivism and social morality. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 47, 903-917.

Palitsky, R., Sullivan, D., Keefer, L. A., & Stewart, S. A. (2016). The cultural backdrop to modern prospection: Exploring the relevance of time-space distanciation. Review of General Psychology, 20, 86-100.

Young, I.F., & Sullivan, D. (2016). Competitive victimhood: A review of the theoretical and empirical literature. Current Opinion in Psychology, 11, 30-34.

Sullivan, D., Landau, M. J., & Kay, A. C. (2016). When enemies go viral (or not) – A real-time experiment during the “Stop Kony” campaign. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 5, 15-26.

Yang, Q., Liu, S., Sullivan, D., & Pan, S. (2016). Interpreting suffering from illness: The role of collectivism and repressive suffering construal. Social Science and Medicine, 160, 67-74.

Rothschild, Z.K., Landau, M.J., Keefer, L.A., & Sullivan, D. (2015). Another’s punishment cleanses the self: Evidence for a moral cleansing function of punishing transgressors. Motivation and Emotion, 39, 722-741.

Sullivan, D., Stewart, S.A., & Diefendorf, J. (2015). Simmel’s time-space theory: Implications for experience of modernization and place. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 41, 45-57.

Pyszczynski, T., Sullivan, D., & Greenberg, J. (2015). Experimental existential psychology: Living in the shadow of the facts of life. In M. Mikulincer, P. Shaver, E. Borgida & J. Bargh (Eds.), APA Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition (Vol. 1; pp. 279-308). Washington, D.C.: APA.

Kay, A. C., Sullivan, D., & Landau, M. J. (2015). Psychological origins, functions, and consequences of motives for control and agency. In M. Mikulincer, P. Shaver, E. Borgida & J. Bargh (Eds.), APA Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition (Vol. 1; pp. 309-337). Washington, D.C.: APA.

Landau, M. J., & Sullivan, D. (2015). Terror management motivation at the core of personality. In M. Mikulincer, P. Shaver, L. Cooper & R. Larsen (Eds.), APA Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences (Vol. 4; pp. 209-230). Washington, D.C.: APA.

Sullivan, D., Landau, M. J., Young, I. F., & Stewart, S. A. (2014). The dramaturgical perspective in relation to self and culture. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 767-790.

Keefer, L.A., Landau, M.J., Sullivan, D., & Rothschild, Z.K. (2014). The object of affection: Subjectivity uncertainty increases infrahumanization in close relationships. Social Cognition, 32, 484-505.

Keefer, L.A., Landau, M.J., & Sullivan, D. (2014). Non-human support: Broadening the scope of attachment theory. Social Psychology and Personality Compass, 8, 524-535.

Keefer, L.A., Landau, M.J., Sullivan, D., & Rothschild, Z.K. (2014). Embodied metaphor and abstract problem solving: Testing a metaphoric fit hypothesis in the health domain. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 12-20.

Sullivan, D., Landau, M. J., Rothschild, Z. K., & Keefer, L. A. (2014). Searching for the root of all evil: An existential-sociological perspective on political enemyship and scapegoating. In J. van Prooijen & P. A. M. van Lange (Eds.), Power, politics, and paranoia: Why people are suspicious about their leaders (pp. 292-311). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sullivan, D. (2014). The consolations and dangers of fantasy: Burton, Poe, and Vincent. In J. L. McMahon (Ed.), The philosophy of Tim Burton (pp. 47-66). Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press.

Sullivan, D. (2014). Review of M. Wieviorka, Evil. Contemporary Sociology, 43, 126-128.

Sullivan, D., & Greenberg, J. (Eds.; 2013). Death in classic and contemporary film: Fade to black. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Sullivan, D., Kosloff, S., & Greenberg, J. (2013). A terror management perspective on the creation and defense of meaning. In C. Routledge & J. Hicks (Eds.), The experience of meaning in life: Classical perspectives, emerging themes, and controversies (pp. 17-30). New York: Springer Press.

Rothschild, Z.K., Landau, M.J., Molina, L.E., Branscombe, N.R., & Sullivan, D. (2013). Displacing blame over the ingroup’s harming of a disadvantaged group can fuel moral outrage at a third-party scapegoat. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 898-906.

Sullivan, D., Landau, M.J., Branscombe, N.R., Rothschild, Z.K., & Cronin, T.J. (2013). Self-harm focus leads to greater collective guilt: The case of the U.S.-Iraq conflict. Political Psychology, 34, 573-587.

Jonas, E., Sullivan, D., & Greenberg, J. (2013). Generosity, greed, norms, and death – Differential effects of mortality salience on charitable behavior. Journal of Economic Psychology, 35, 47-57.

Kay, A.C., & Sullivan, D. (2013). Cultural unity and diversity in compensatory control processes. In M. Gelfand, C. Chiu, & Y. Hong (Eds.), Advances in Cultural Psychology: Vol. 3 (pp. 181-226). New York: Oxford University Press.

Sullivan, D. (2013). Review of S. Siewert & A. Mehnert (Eds.), The Morbidity of Culture: Melancholy, Illness, Trauma, and Dying in Literature and Film. Kritikon Litterarum, 40, 276-282.

Sullivan, D. (2013). Death, wealth, and guilt: An analysis of There Will be Blood. In D. Sullivan & J. Greenberg (Eds.), Death in classic and contemporary film: Fade to black (pp. 119-134). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Sullivan, D. (2013, April 10). Review of The Frankenstein of 1790 by J. Douthwaite. Ernest Becker Foundation

Sullivan, D. (2013). From guilt-oriented to uncertainty-oriented culture: Nietzsche and Weber on the history of theodicy. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 33, 107-124.

Sullivan, D., Landau, M.J., Kay, A.C., & Rothschild, Z.K. (2012). Collectivism and the meaning of suffering. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 1023-1039.

Sullivan, D., Landau, M.J., & Kay, A.C. (2012). Toward a comprehensive understanding of existential threat: Insights from Paul Tillich. Social Cognition, 30, 734-757.

Landau, M.J., Sullivan, D., Keefer, L.A., Rothschild, Z.K., & Osman, M. (2012). Subjectivity uncertainty theory of objectification: Compensating for uncertainty about how to positively relate to others by downplaying their subjective attributes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1234-1246.

Keefer, L. A., Landau, M. J., Rothschild, Z. K., & Sullivan, D. (2012). Attachment to objects as compensation for close others’ perceived unreliability. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 912-917.

Landau, M.J., Sullivan, D., Rothschild, Z., & Keefer, L.A. (2012). Deriving solace from a nemesis: Having scapegoats and enemies buffers against the threat of meaninglessness. In M. Mikulincer & Phil Shaver (Eds.), Meaning, mortality, and choice: The social psychology of existential concerns (pp. 183-202). Washington, D.C.: APA.

Rothschild, Z.K., Landau, M.J., Sullivan, D., & Keefer, L.A. (2012). A dual-motive model of the motives underlying scapegoating: Displacing blame to reduce guilt or increase control. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 1148-1163.

Sullivan, D., Landau, M.J., Branscombe, N.R., & Rothschild, Z.K. (2012). Competitive victimhood as a response to accusations of ingroup harmdoing. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 778-795. Winner of the 2012 Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award from SPSSI.

Landau, M.J., Rothschild, Z.K., & Sullivan, D. (2012). The extremism of everyday life: Fetishism as a defense against existential uncertainty. In M.A. Hogg & D.L. Blaylock (Eds.), Extremism and the psychology of uncertainty (pp. 131-146). Boston: Wiley-Blackwell.

Sullivan, D. (2012). Tillich and Tarkovsky: An existential analysis of Mirror. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 52, 451-466.

Jonas, E., Kauffeld, S., Sullivan, D., & Fritsche, I. (2011). Dedicate your life to the company! A terror management perspective on organizations. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 41, 2858-2882.

Sullivan, D., Jonas, E., & Jodlbauer, B. (2011). Mortality salience and worldview affirmation strengthen support for foreign products. Zeitschrift für Psychologie, 219, 224-230.

Rothschild, Z.K., Landau, M.J., & Sullivan, D. (2011). By the numbers: Structure-seeking individuals prefer quantitative over qualitative representations of personal value to compensate for the threat of unclear performance contingencies. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 1508-1521.

Keefer, L., Landau, M.J., Sullivan, D., & Rothschild, Z.K. (2011). Exploring metaphor’s epistemic function: Uncertainty moderates metaphor-consistent priming effects on social perceptions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 657-660.

Cohen, F., Sullivan, D., Greenberg, J., Solomon, S., & Ogilvie, D. (2011). Finding everland: Flight fantasies and the desire to transcend mortality. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 88-102.

Landau, M.J., Vess, M., Arndt, J., Rothschild, Z.K., Sullivan, D., & Atchley, R.A. (2011). Embodied metaphor and the “true” self: Priming entity expansion and protection influences intrinsic self-expressions in self-perceptions and interpersonal behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 79-87.

Sullivan, D. (2011, September 1). Review of The existential Frankenstein by J.L. McMahon. Ernest Becker Foundation

Sullivan, D. (2011). Review of G. Duménil & D. Lévy, The crisis of neoliberalism. New Political Science, 33, 598-599.

Sullivan, D., & Greenberg, J. (2011). Monstrous children as harbingers of mortality: A psychological analysis of Doris Lessing’s The Fifth Child. Literature Interpretation Theory, 22, 113-133.

Landau, M.J., Sullivan, D., & Solomon, S. (2010). Of graves and graven images: A terror management analysis of the psychological function of art. European Review of Social Psychology, 21, 114-154.

Landau, M.J., Sullivan, D., & King, L.A. (2010). Terror management and personality: Variations in the psychological defense against the awareness of mortality. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4, 906-917.

Sullivan, D., Landau, M.J., & Rothschild, Z.K. (2010). An existential function of enemyship: Evidence that people attribute influence to personal and political enemies to compensate for threats to control. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 434-449.

Kosloff, S., Greenberg, J., Sullivan, D., & Weise, D. (2010). Of trophies and pillars: Exploring the terror management function of short-term and long-term relationship partners. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1037-1051.

Landau, M.J., Sullivan, D., & Greenberg, J. (2009). Evidence that self-relevant motives and metaphoric framing interact to influence political and social attitudes. Psychological Science, 20, 1421-1427.

Kosloff, S., Landau, M.J., Weise, D., Sullivan, D., & Greenberg, J. (2009). Eight years in the wake of 9/11: A terror management analysis of the psychological repercussions of the 9/11 attacks. In M.J. Morgan (Ed.), The impact of 9/11 on psychology and education: The day that changed everything? (pp. 7-22). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Routledge, C., Juhl, J., & Sullivan, D. (2009). Uncertainty middle-management: Personal certainty is not the core existential motive. Psychological Inquiry, 20, 235-239.

Landau, M.J., Greenberg, J., & Sullivan, D. (2009). Defending a coherent autobiography: When the past appears incoherent, mortality salience prompts compensatory bolstering of the past’s significance and the future’s orderliness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1012-1020.

Landau, M. J., Greenberg, J., Sullivan, D., Arndt, J., & Routledge, C. (2009). The protective identity: Evidence that mortality salience heightens the clarity and coherence of the self-concept. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 796-807.

Landau, M. J., Greenberg, J., & Sullivan, D. (2009). Managing terror when self-worth and worldviews collide: Evidence that mortality salience increases reluctance to self-enhance beyond authorities. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 68-79.

Sullivan, D., Greenberg, J., & Landau, M. J. (2009). Toward a new understanding of two films from the dark side: Terror management theory applied to Rosemary’s Baby and Straw Dogs. Journal of Popular Film and Television, 37, 42-51.

Jonas, E., Martens, A., Niesta, D., Fritsche, I., Sullivan, D., & Greenberg, J. (2008). Focus theory of normative conduct and terror management theory: The interactive impact of mortality salience and norm salience on social judgment. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 1239-1251.

Kosloff, S., Landau, M.J., Sullivan, D., & Greenberg, J. (2008). A terror management perspective on the quiet and loud egos: Implications of ego volume control for personal and social well-being. In J. Bauer & H. Wayment (Eds.), Transcending self-interest: Psychological explorations of the quiet ego (pp. 33-42). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Sullivan, D. & Greenberg, J. (2008, February 2). Penetrating the circle of death: Why people are dying (and killing) not to die. Inquisitive Mind, 7

Greenberg, J., Sullivan, D., Kosloff, S. & Solomon, S. (2006). Souls do not live by cognitive inclinations alone, but the desire to exist beyond death as well. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 29, 474-475.

Sullivan, D. & Greenberg, J. (2006). Becker (and Bogie) at the movies, 4: Sacrifice as immortality vehicle in classic Hollywood films. Ernest Becker Foundation Newsletter, 13(4), 2-4.