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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
October 22, 2017
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Dr. Christian Jordan

Dr. Christian Jordan

Associate Professor, Psychology
Graduate Officer

Contact Information
Phone: (519) 884-0710 ext.2574

Office Location: N2022 (Science Building)
Office Hours: By Appointment Only
Languages Spoken


Academic Background
BA (Honours), Psychology, University of Waterloo
PhD, Social Psychology, University of Waterloo

I am part of Laurier's Social Psychology program. My primary areas of research are the self and attitudes. When we evaluate ourselves, other people, or objects in our environments, we can formulate our evaluations through reason and reflective consideration, or in terms of more intuitive, gut reactions. These kinds of appraisals are referred to as explicit and implicit attitudes, or in the case of the self, explicit and implicit self-esteem. A strong focus in my research is on the factors that lead these sources of evaluation to be consistent or inconsistent with each other, and the psychological consequences of discrepancies between the two. For example, I have found that people who report having high self-esteem (i.e., have high explicit self-esteem) but demonstrate more negative feelings about themselves at a more intuitive level (i.e., have lower implicit self-esteem) are more defensive in a variety of ways. In some studies, these individuals also appear to be more narcissistic. In other work, I focus more on how people integrate their more reasoned evaluations with their intuitive reactions. These interests have led me to study such related topics as narcissism, mindfulness, interdependent self-construal, and experiences of awe. Each of these variables may function to increase or decrease a preoccupation with the self and self-esteem as opposed to instilling a sense of connection to something larger than the self (i.e., a communal orientation, interdependence, self-transcendence, or an allocentric sense of self).

Each year I work with several graduate students, undergraduate honours thesis students, and research assistants. My research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, book chapters in prominent series, and presented at international conferences.

In the News

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Journal articles:

Jordan, C. H., Wang, W., Donatoni, L., & Meier, B. P. (in press). Mindful eating: State and trait mindfulness predict healthier eating behavior. Personality and Individual Differences.

Obhi, S. S., Hogeveen, J., Giacomin, M., & Jordan, C. H. (in press). Automatic imitation is reduced in narcissists. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Giacomin, M., & Jordan, C. H. (2014). Down-regulating narcissistic tendencies: Communal focus reduces state narcissism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 488-500.

Peetz, J., Jordan, C. H., & Wilson, A. E. (2014). Implicit attitudes toward the self over time. Self and Identity, 13, 100-127.

Jordan, C. H., Logel, C., Spencer, S. J., Zanna, M. P., Wood, J. V., & Holmes, J. G. (2013). Responsive low self-esteem: Low explicit self-esteem, implicit self-esteem, and responses to performance feedback. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 32, 703-732.

MacKinnon, S. P., Jordan, C. H., & Wilson, A. E. (2011). Birds of a feather sit together: Physical similarity predicts seating choice. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 879-892.

Whitfield, M., & Jordan, C. H. (2009) Mutual influence of implicit and explicit attitudes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 748-759.

Bosson, J.K., Lakey, C.E., Campbell, W.K., Zeigler-Hill, V., Jordan, C.H., & Kernis, M.H. (2008). Untangling the links between narcissism and self-esteem: A theoretical and empirical review. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2/3, 1415-1439.

Jordan, C.H., Whitfield, M., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2007). Intuition and the correspondence between implicit and explicit self-esteem. Journal of Personality and Social Pyschology, 93, 1067-1079.

McGregor, I., & Jordan, C.H. (2007). The mask of zeal: Low implicit self-esteem, threat, and defensive extremism. Self and Identity, 6, 223-237.

Jordan, C.H., Spencer, S.J., & Zanna, M.P. (2005). Types of high self-esteem and prejudice: How implicit self-esteem relates to ethnic discrimination among high explicit self-esteem individuals. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31, 693-702.

Jordan, C.H., Spencer, S.J., Zanna, M.P., Hoshino Browne, E., & Correll, J. (2003). Secure and defensive high self-esteem. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85, 969-978.

Instructional articles:

Jordan, C.H., & Zanna, M.P. (2007). Not all experiments are created equal: On conducting and reporting persuasive experiments. In R.J. Sternberg, D. Halpern, & H. Roediger (Eds.), Critical Thinking in Psychology (pp. 160-176). Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.

Jordan, C.H., & Zanna, M.P. (2001). How to read a journal article in social psychology. In R.F. Baumeister (ed.), The Self in Social Psychology: Essential Readings (pp. 461-470). Psychology Press: Philadelphia. [This article appears as an appendix in each volume of the Key Readings in Social Psychology series.]

Text book:

Myers, D.G., Spencer, S.J., & Jordan, C.H. (2012). Social Psychology (5th Canadian ed.). Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.

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