Richard Smith

  • Professor
  • Social
  • Psychology
207 I-1 Kastle Hall
Research Interests:

My research focuses on social comparison processes and social emotions.

Graduate Training

Ph.D. Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986

Selected Publications: 

van de Ven, N., Hoogland, C.E., Smith, R.H., van Dijk, W., Breuglemans, S.M., & Zeelenberg, M. (in press). When envy leads to schadenfreude. Cognition & Emotion

Hoogland, C.E., Schurtz, D.R., Cooper, C.M., Combs, D.Y.Y., Brown, E.G., & Smith, R.H. (2015). The joy of pain and the pain of joy: In-group identification predicts schadenfreude and gluckschmerz following rival groups fortunes. Motivation & Emotion

Webster, J.M., Hoogland, C.E., Schurtz, D.R., & Smith, R.H. (2014). Excessive image concern and willingness to incur personal cost in the experience and perception of vanity. Self and Identity, 13, 613-637.

Krizan, Z., & Smith, R.H., (2014). When comparisons divide: Invidious emotions and system justification. In Krizan, Z., & Gibbons, F.X. (Eds.). Communal functions of social comparison. Cambridge University Press.

Smith, R.H. (2013). The joy of pain: Schadenfreude and the dark side of human nature. New York: Oxford University Press.

Powell, C.A.J. & Smith, R.H. (2013). Schadenfreude caused by the exposure of hypocrisy in others. (2013). Self and Identity. 12, 413-431.

Schurtz, R.D., Blincoe, S., Smith, R.H., Powell, C.A.J, & Combs, D.J.Y., & Kim, S.H., (2012). Exploring the social aspects of goose bumps and their role in awe and envy. Motivation and Emotion. 36, 205-217.

Combs, D.J.Y, Campbell, G., Jackson, M., & Smith, R.H. (2010). Exploring the consequences of humiliating a moral transgressor. Basic and Applied Social Psychology. 32, 128-143.

Combs, D.J.Y, Powell, C.A.J, Schurtz, D.R., Smith, R.H. (2009). Politics, schadenfreude, and ingroup indentification: The sometimes funny thing about a poor economy and death. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 635-646.

Smith, R. H. (Ed.). (2008). Envy: Theory and research. New York: Oxford University Press.

Smith, R. H., Kim, S. H. (2007). Comprehending envy. Psychological Bulletin, 113, 46-64.

Smith, R. H., Eyre, H. L., Powel, C. A., Kim, S. H. (2006). Relativistic origins of emotional reactions to events happening to others and to ourselves. British Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 357-371.

Gaines, L. M., Duvall, J., Webster, J. M., Smith, R. H. (2005). Feeling good after praise for a successful performance: The importance of social comparison information. Self and Identity, 4, 373-389.

Smith, R. H. (2004). Envy and its transmutations. In Leach, C. W. Tiedens, L. (Eds.) The social life of emotions (pp.43-63). Cambridge, EN: Cambridge University Press.

Webster, J. M., Duvall, J., Gaines, L. M., Smith, R. H. (2003). The role of praise and social comparison information in the experience of pride. Journal of Social Psychology, 143, 209-232.

Smith, R. H., Webster, J. M., Parrott, W. G., Eyre, H. (2002). The role of public exposure in the experience of moral and nonmoral shame and guilt. The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 83, 138-159.

Smith, R. H. (2000) Assimilative and contrastive emotional reactions to upward and downward social comparisons. In J. Suls L. Wheeler (Eds.), Handbook of social comparison: Theory and research (pp.173 -200). New York: Plenum.

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