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Zhansheng Chen

Zhansheng Chen

  • SPN Mentor

Social influence, an exciting and fundamental aspect of social psychology, unites the three areas of my research program: ostracism, sexual objectification, and monetary reminders. To understand social influence as a social scientist, I study what is ubiquitous in everyday life. Indeed, I owe the development of two of my research areas to my experience of adjusting to life in Hong Kong—a metropolitan city where people are frequently reminded of the concept of money and the media often links women’s worth with an unattainable standard of physical beauty.

Primary Interests:

  • Aggression, Conflict, Peace
  • Culture and Ethnicity
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Helping, Prosocial Behavior
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Persuasion, Social Influence

Journal Articles:

  • Carter-Sowell, A. R., Chen, Z., & Williams, K. D. (2008). The effect of ostracism on social susceptibility. Social Influence, 3, 143-153.
  • Chen, Z., DeWall, C. N., Poon, K. T., & Chen, E. W. (2012). When destiny hurts: Implicit theories of relationships moderate aggressive responses to ostracism. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1029-1036.
  • Chen, Z., Poon, K. T., Bernstein, M. J., & Teng, F. (2014). Rejecting another pains the self: The impact of perceived future rejection. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 50, 225-233.
  • Chen, Z., Poon, K. T., & DeWall, C. N. (in press) Cold thermal temperature threatens belonging: The moderating role of perceived social support. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
  • Chen, Z., Poon, K. T., & DeWall, C. N. (2014). When do socially accepted people feel ostracized? Physical pain triggers social pain. Social Influence. DOI:10.1080/15534510.2014.926290
  • Chen, Z., Teng, F., & Zhang, H. (2013). Sinful flesh: Sexual objectification threatens women’s moral self. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 1042-1048.
  • Chen, Z., & Williams, K. D (2012). Imagined future social pain hurts more now than imagined future physical pain. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 314-317.
  • Chen, Z., Williams, K. D., Fitness, J., & Newton, N. C. (2008). When hurt will not heal: Exploring the capacity to relive social pain. Psychological Science, 19, 789-795.
  • Cheng, C., Chen, Z., & LuoKogan, A. (2008). Social support and money as double-edged swords: Primary soothers and precipitants of pain. Psychological Inquiry, 19, 153-160.
  • Jiang, Y., Chen, Z., & Wyer, S. W. (2014). Impact of money on emotion expression. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 228-233.
  • Knack, J. M., Chen, Z., Williams, K. D., & Jensen-Campbell, L. A. (2006). Opportunities and challenges of studying disaster survivors. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 6, 175-189.
  • Poon, K. T., & Chen, Z. (2014) When justice surrenders: The effect of just-world beliefs on aggression following ostracism. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 52, 101-112.
  • Poon, K. T., Chen, Z., & DeWall, C. N. (2013). Feeling entitled to more: Ostracism increases dishonest behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 1227-1239.
  • Sacco, D., Wirth, J. H., Hugenberg, K., Chen, Z., & Williams, K. D. (2011). The world in black and white: Ostracism enhances the categorical perception of social information. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 836-842.
  • Teng. F., & Chen, Z. (2012). Does social support reduce distress caused by ostracism? It depends on the level of one's self-esteem. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1192-1195.
  • Teng, F., Chen, Z., Poon, K.T., & Zhang, D. (2014). Sexual objectification pushes women away: The role of decreased likability. European Journal of Social Psychology.doi: 10.1002/ejsp.2070

Other Publications:

  • Chen, Z., Law, A. T., & Williams, K. D. (2009). The uncertainty surrounding ostracism: Threat amplifier or protector? In R. M. Arkin, K. C. Oleson, & P. J. Carroll (Eds.), The uncertain self: A handbook of perspectives from social and personality psychology. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Chen, Z., & Williams, K. D. (2010). Social pain is easily relived and prelived, but physical pain is not. In G. MacDonald & L. A. Jensen-Campbell (Eds.), Social pain: Neuropsychological and health implications of loss and exclusion. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Williams, K. D., & Chen, Z., & Wegener, D. T. (2010). Persuasion after ostracism: Need-based influences on persuasion. J. P. Forgas, J. Cooper, & W. D. Crano (Eds.), The psychology of attitude and attitude change (pp.199 – 214). NY: Psychology press.

Zhansheng Chen
Department of Psychology
University of Hong Kong
Porkfulam Road
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

  • Phone: (852) 3917-2294
  • Fax: (852) 2858-3518

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