Jeff Simpson

Professor

  • 75 East River Parkway, Elliott Hall

    55455 Minneapolis

    United States

Accepting PhD Students

1983 …2020

Personal profile

Research interests

In collaboration with several research teams, my research investigates close relationships and interpersonal processes from different theoretical models and perspectives. Our current work focuses within six areas: attachment processes, human mating and decision-making, empathic accuracy, social influence in romantic relationships, social development and health outcomes, and social development and parental investment.

Our longstanding program of research on adult attachment, funded by NIMH, examines how attachment processes and adult attachment orientations are associated with relationship functioning and well-being, particularly when partners are distressed. Our program of work on human mating, funded by NSF, examines how individuals make mating decisions, the conditions under which they do and do not delay gratification, and how they make trade-offs on different life history-relevant dimensions. Our research on empathic accuracy, funded by NSF, explores the conditions under which people are accurate versus inaccurate at inferring their partners' private thoughts and feelings during social interactions. Our research on social influence examines when, how, and why individuals use different social influence tactics to persuade their partners and which tactics are most effective in different situational contexts. A recent program of research on social development and adult health, funded by the NIA, is investigating how social experiences encountered earlier in life are linked with physical health at mid-life. Our most recent new program of research, funded by NSF, examines how early life experiences along with interpersonal variables are prospectively related to parenting and co-parenting in adulthood.

Education / Academic qualification

PhD, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

19811986

BA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

19771981

Keywords

  • Interpersonal relations
  • Evolution and behavior
  • Social influence
  • Social development

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Projects 2004 2020

Psychological Stress
Health
Decision making

The Developmental Construction of Adult Competence

Collins, W. A., Carlson, E. A., Egeland, B. R., Englund, M. M., Long, J., Simpson, J. & Sroufe, L. A.

NIH NAT'L INST OF CHILD HEALTH/HUMAN DEV

6/15/075/31/14

Project: Research project

Research Output 1983 2019

Adult attachment orientations and well-being during the transition to parenthood

Simpson, J. A. & Rholes, W. S. Feb 1 2019 In : Current Opinion in Psychology. 25, p. 47-52 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Empirical Research
Disease Susceptibility
Research
Anxiety

Attachment within life history theory: an evolutionary perspective on individual differences in attachment

Szepsenwol, O. & Simpson, J. A. Feb 1 2019 In : Current Opinion in Psychology. 25, p. 65-70 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Individuality
Aptitude
Calibration
Anxiety
Parents

Can an unpredictable childhood environment enhance working memory? Testing the sensitized-specialization hypothesis

Young, E. S., Griskevicius, V., Simpson, J. A., Waters, T. E. A. & Mittal, C. Jun 1 2018 In : Journal of personality and social psychology. 114, 6, p. 891-908 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Short-Term Memory
specialization
childhood
Cognition
human being

Early social experiences and living well: A longitudinal view of adult physical health

Simpson, J. A., Farrell, A. K., Huelsnitz, C. O. & Eller, J. Jan 1 2018 The Social Psychology of Living Well. Taylor and Francis, p. 257-276 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Health
Happiness
Psychology
Research

Evidence that makeup is a false signal of sociosexuality

Batres, C., Russell, R., Simpson, J. A., Campbell, L., Hansen, A. M. & Cronk, L. Feb 1 2018 In : Personality and Individual Differences. 122, p. 148-154 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Habits
Cues
Equipment and Supplies
Surveys and Questionnaires