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Ladd Wheeler

Ladd Wheeler

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Professor Wheeler’s major substantive interests have been social comparison, behavioral contagion, physical attractiveness, and social interaction. He is a pioneer in the use of diary methods, such as the Rochester Interaction Record and the Social Comparison Record. He is a past President of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the founding editor of the Review of Personality and Social Psychology.

Primary Interests:

  • Close Relationships
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Self and Identity


Journal Articles:

  • Gerber, J. & Wheeler, L. (2009). On being rejected: A meta-analysis of experimental research on rejection. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 4, 5, 468-488.
  • Huguet, P., Dumas, F.,Marsh, H., Régner, I., Wheeler, L., Suls, J., Seaton, M., and Nezlek, J. (2009). Clarifying the Role of Social Comparison in the Big-Fish-Little-Pond Effect (BFLPE): An Integrative Study. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology., 97, 1, 156-170.
  • Johnco, C., Wheeler, L., & Taylor, A. (2010) They do get prettier at closing time: A repeated measures study of the closing- time effect and alcohol. Social Influence, 5, 4, pp. 261-271.
  • Suls, J., Martin, R., & Wheeler, L. (2002). Social comparison: Why, with whom, and with what effect. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11(5), 159-163.
  • Suls, J., Martin, R., & Wheeler, L. (2000). Three kinds of opinion comparison: The triadic model. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 4(3), 219-237.
  • Wheeler, L., Martin, R., & Suls, J. (1997). The proxy model of social comparison for self-assessment of ability. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 1, 54-61.
  • Wheeler, L., & Suls, J. (2007). Assimilation in social comparison: Can we agree on what it is? Revue Internationale De Psychologie Sociale, 20(1) 31-51.

Other Publications:

  • Suls, J. & Wheeler, L. (2009). A Reunion for Approach/Avoidance Motivation and Social Comparison. In A Elliot (Ed.) Handbook of approach and avoidance motivation., pp. 585-600. New York: Psychology Press.
  • Suls, J., & Wheeler, L. (2007). Psychological magnetism: A brief history of assimilation and contrast in psychology. In D. Stapel and J. Suls (Eds.), Assimilation and contrast in social psychology (pp. 9-44). New York: Psychology Press.
  • Suls, J., & Wheeler, L. (2000). A selective history of classic social comparison theory and neo social comparison theory. In J. Suls & L. Wheeler (Eds.), Handbook of social comparison: Theory and research (pp. 3-22). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
  • Suls, L. & Wheeler, L. (In press). Social Comparison. In P. Van Lange, A. Kruglanski & E.T. Higgins (Eds.), Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology. London: Sage Publications
  • Wheeler, L. (2011) Thirty years of contrast in social comparison. In Arkin, R.M. (Ed.) Most Underappreciated: 50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work, pp. 225-227. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Wheeler, L. (2000). Individual differences in social comparison. In J. Suls & L. Wheeler (Eds.), Handbook of social comparison: Theory and research (pp. 141-158). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.
  • Wheeler, L., & Suls, J. (2005) Social comparison and self-evaluations of competence. In A.J. Elliot & C.S. Dweck (Eds.) Handbook of competence and motivation (pp. 566-578). New York: Guilford Publications.
  • Wheeler, L., Suls, J., & Martin, R. (2002). The psychology of social comparison. In N. J. Smelser & P. B. Baltes (Eds.), International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences. Oxford: Pergamon.
  • Williams, K. D., Wheeler, L., & Harvey, J. A. R. (2001). Inside the social mind of the ostracizer. In J. P. Forgas, K. D. Williams, & L. Wheeler (Eds.), The social mind: Cognitive and motivational aspects of interpersonal behavior (pp. 294-322). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ladd Wheeler
Department of Psychology
Macquarie University
New South Wales 2109

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