My core interest is mainly how people appraise the situations they are in, and how these appraisals then influence their feelings and the things they do to cope with the situations.
This basically means that I am interested in how a "concern for self-image" (i.e., how is this affecting me) and a "concern for social-image" (i.e., how is this affecting how other people think of me) - see Gausel & Leach (2011) - elicit different feelings. Typically, when it comes to self-critical feelings, these two appraisals elicit feelings of shame, feelings of inferiority and feelings of rejection (besides of other negative feelings such as anger). Specifically, we see that a "concern for self-image" often elicit felt shame, while a "concern for social-image" often elicit felt rejection. These two feelings (sometimes in conjunction with the appraisals) motivate distinct ways to cope with the situations. Pro-social coping-strategies such as a desire to offer restitution, to repair and communicate contrition often follow felt shame, while self-defensive (avoidance, cover-up) and aggressive responses often follow felt rejection (see Gausel, Leach, Vignoles & Brown, 2012). This means that the model that I, Colin and Viv have developed (see Gausel & Leach, 2011) can actually help us understand when and why people go into self-defensive and aggressive motivation, and when they go into pro-social motivation (for a careful description of when and why, see Gausel, 2013).
Other than that, I am involved in projects focusing on intergroup anxiety (with West, Cakal and Turner), reconciliation (with Mazziotta, Feuchte, Nadler and Leach), stigmatization of unemployed people (with Bourguignon and Herman), social consequences of school drop out (with Bourguignon), hedonism vs moral integrity on desire-fulfillment (with Salthe), trust (with Vasiljevic and Goyle), bullying, stigmatization of mental illness (with Thørrisen), measurement and semantics (with Salthe), denied shame (with Vignoles and Leach), negative and positive consequences of identification (with Berndsen), the use of adjectives, acceptance and communication, cross-cultural issues (with Cakal), forgiveness (with Mazziotta and Feuchte), differences between shame and guilt (with Brown), contextualism (with a bunch of people but Vignoles invited me), supervision styles and self-image, moral dilemmas (with Salthe), communication and the social bond (with Løkkeberg and Giner-Sorolla), subjective experiences concerning minorities (with Ringnes), rage (with Leach and Vignoles).
I also have the privilege of supervising two PhD-candidates: Stine Torp Løkkeberg (joint supervision) and Hege Kristin Ringnes (co-supervision).
In conclusion, I love doing research and I hope the research we do can be of help to you or someone you know.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Applied Social Psychology
- Close Relationships
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Ethics and Morality
- Helping, Prosocial Behavior
- Intergroup Relations
- Interpersonal Processes
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Centre for Emotion Research
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- Gausel, N., Leach, C. W., & Vignoles, V. L. (under review). What if they find out? The role of shame, inferiority and rejection in response to immorality and its exposure.
- Mazziotta, A., Feuchte, F., Gausel, N., & Nadler, A. (2013). Does remembering past ingroup perpetration promote postwar cross-group contact? Insights from a field-experiment in Liberia. European Journal of Social Psychology.
- Gausel, N., & Thørrisen, M. M. (2013). A theoretical model of multiple stigma: Ostracised for being an inmate with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention.
- Gausel, N., & Brown, R. (2012). Shame and guilt--do they really differ in their focus of evaluation? Wanting to change the self and behavior in response to ingroup immorality. The Journal of Social Psychology, 152, 1-20.
- Gausel, N. (2012). Facing in-group immorality: Differentiating expressed shame from expressed guilt. Review of European Studies, 4, 1-7.
- Gausel, N., Leach, C. W., Vignoles, V. L., & Brown, R. (2012). Defend or repair? Explaining responses to in-group moral failure by disentangling feelings of shame, rejection, and inferiority. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 941-960.
- Owe, E., Vignoles, V. L., Becker, M., Brown, R., Smith, P. B., (…) Gausel, N., (…) & Jalal, B. (2012). Contextualism as an important facet of individualism-collectivism: Personhood beliefs across 37 national groups. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 1-22.
- Gausel, N. (2011). The importance of emotions in social work: Thematic directions from a national conference. European Journal of Social Work, 14, 287-291.
- Gausel, N., & Leach, C. W. (2011). Concern for self-image and social-image in the management of moral failure: Rethinking shame. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 468-478.
- Advanced Quantitative Methods and Statistics
- Introduction to Psychology
- Social Emotions
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