Dr. CHEN Zhansheng
Associate Professor


Ph.D. Social Psychology, Purdue University, 2008

Ostracism/social exclusion
Psychology of Money

Office: 6.65
Phone: (852) 3917-2294
Email: chenz@hku
HKU Researcher Page: http://hub.hku.hk/rp/rp00629

Poon, K. T. & Chen, Z. (2016). Assuring a sense of growth: A cognitive strategy to weaken the effect of cyberball-ostracism on aggression. Computers in Human Behavior, 57, 31-37.

Chen, Z., Poon, K. T., & DeWall, C. N. (2015). Cold thermal temperature threatens belonging: The moderating role of perceived social support. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6, 439-446.

Chen, Z., Poon, K. T., & DeWall, C. N. (2015). When do socially accepted people feel ostracized? Physical pain triggers social pain. Social Influence, 10, 68-76.

Poon, K. T. & Chen. Z. (2015). How does the source of rejection perceive innocent victims? The Journal of Social Psychology, 155, 515-526.

Poon, K. T., Teng, F., Chow, J. T., & Chen, Z. (2015). Desiring to connect to nature: The effect of ostracism on ecological behavior. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 42, 116-122.

Teng, F., Chen, Z., & †Poon, K. T. (2015). Sexual-objectification pushes women away: The role of perceived hostility. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 77-87. (IF = 1.667; CON = 35).

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.

Jiang, Y., Chen, Z., & Wyer, S. W. (2014). Impact of money on emotion expression. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 55, 228-233.

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.

Chen, Z., Teng, F., & Zhang, H. (2013). Sinful flesh: Sexual objectification threatens women’s moral self. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 1042-1048.

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.

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., & Williams, K. D. (2012). Imagined future social pain hurts more now than imagined future physical pain. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 314-317.

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.

Li, Y. J., Johnson, K. A., Cohen, A. B., Williams, M. J., Knowles, E. D., & Chen, Z. (2012). Fundamental Attribution Error: Protestants are dispositionally focused. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 281-90.

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.

Chen, Z., & Williams, K. D. (2010). Social pain is easily relived, but physical pain is not. G. MacDonald & L. A. Jensen-Campbell (Eds.), Social pain: Neuropsychological and health implications of loss and exclusion (pp.161-177). 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.

Chen, Z., Law, A. T., & Williams, K. D. (2009). The Uncertainty surrounding ostracism: Threat amplifier or protector? R. M. Arkin, K. C. Oleson, & P. J. Carroll (Eds.), Handbook of the uncertain self (pp. 291-302). Mahwah, NJ: Psychology press.

Carter-Sowell, A. R., Chen, Z., & Williams, K. D. (2008). The effect of ostracism on social susceptibility. Social Influence, 3, 143-153.

Chen, Z., Williams, K. D., Fitness, J., & Newton, N. C. (2008).When hurt will not heal: Exploring the capacity to relive social pain and physical 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.

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.

Social Psychology Lab

Social influence, an exciting and fundamental aspect of social psychology, unites the three major 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.

Project Title: “Ostracism, entitlement, and objectification”

Intern Selection:
Academic excellence
Effective communication skills in both English and Chinese

Intern Duties:
Interns will be involved in data collection and management.

Students interested in the opportunity shall contact Dr. Zhansheng Chen via email (chenz@hku.hk) as soon as possible.

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