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Mike Morrison

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My research focuses broadly on social cognition, emotions, and physical and mental health. More specifically, I have concentrated on the areas of regret, counterfactual thinking, subjective well-being and attitudes.

With respect to regret and counterfactual thinking, my work has focused on the primary determinants of regret intensity, how regrets relate to belongingness needs, how regrets relate to diverse coping behaviours over time, when regrets may predict depression and anxiety and how regrets (and upward counterfactual thoughts more broadly) can contribute to long-term improvements in mental health, health behaviors and general well-being.

The work I have done in the area of subjective well-being has focused on worldwide patterns in the relationship of life satisfaction with such variables as national pride, age and gender. I've also examined the optimal levels of well-being for achieving material success versus social success (e.g., monetary wealth versus having a rich social life).

My work regard to attitudes has focused on the interplay of explicit and implicit attitudes in legal decision-making and how implicit and explicit attitudes change over time. I am also working on a comprehensive project examining the links between identity, cultural continuity, social support and mental health among Indigenous communities.

My research has been featured by such media outlets as Scientific American Mind, the American Psychological Association (APA) Monitor, BBC, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, the Toronto Star, the Vancouver Sun and Montreal Gazette, as well as by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

I have also been fortunate to supervise many Honours thesis students at King's and have great volunteer research assistants in my lab. I aim to supervise 2-3 Honours students per year, along with welcoming independent research study students and research volunteers. Please e-mail me if you are interested and looking for new research experiences in any of the areas above.

I encourage you to download some of my publications below.


Gawronski, B., Morrison, M., Phills, C.E., & Galdi, S. (2017). Temporal stability of implicit and explicit measures: A longitudinal analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 300-312.

Morrison, M., DeVaul-Fetters, A., & Gawronski, B. (2016). Stacking the jury: Legal professionals intuitively select jurors according to implicit racial bias. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 1129-1141.

Tay, L., Morrison, M., & Diener, E. (2014). Living among the affluent: Boon or bane? Psychological Science, 25, 1235-1241.

Morrison M., Epstude, K., & Roese, N. J. (2012). Life regrets and the need to belong. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 675-681.

Morrison, M., & Roese, N. J. (2011). Regrets of the typical American: Findings from a nationally representative survey. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2, 576-583.

Morrison, M., Tay, L., & Diener, E. (2011). Subjective well-being and national satisfaction: Findings from a worldwide survey. Psychological Science, 22, 166-171.

Roese, N. J., & Morrison, M. (2009). The psychology of counterfactual thinking. Historical Social Research, 34, 16-26.

Roese, N. J., Epstude, K., Fessel, F., Morrison, M., Smallman, R., Summerville, A., Galinsky, A., & Segerstrom, S. (2009). Repetitive regret, depression, and anxiety: Findings from a nationally representative survey. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 28, 671-688.