Office: Hannan House 102
Phone: 973-408-3263

Social Psychology Lab


PSYC 3 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 14 Research Methods in Psychology
PSYC 113 Principles and Methods of Social Psychology
PSYC 145 Seminar in Stereotyping and Prejudice


Ph.D., Social Psychology, Ohio State University, 2003
M.A., Ohio State University, 2000
B.A., Butler University, 1998

Areas of Specialization & Research Interests

Nonconscious Behavioral Mimicry
Social Cognition
The Self

Selected Publications

Lakin, J. L. & Chartrand, T. L. (in press). Behavioral mimicry as an affiliative response to social exclusion. In C. N. DeWall (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of social exclusion. New York: Oxford University Press.

Hardin, E. E. & Lakin, J. L. (2009). The Integrated Self-discrepancy Index: A reliable and valid measure of self-discrepancies. Journal of Personality Assessment, 91, 245-253.

Leonardelli, G. J. & Lakin, J. L. (2009). The new adventures of regulatory focus: Self-uncertainty and the quest for diagnostic feedback. In R. M. Arkin, K. C. Oleson, & P. J. Carroll (Eds.), The uncertain self: A handbook of perspectives from social and personality psychology (pp. 249-265). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Lakin, J. L., Chartrand, T. L., & Arkin, R. M. (2008). I am too just like you: Nonconscious mimicry as an automatic behavioral response to social exclusion. Psychological Science, 19, 816-822.

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Leonardelli, G. J., Lakin, J. L., & Arkin, R. M. (2007). A regulatory focus approach to the self-evaluation process. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43, 1002-1009.

Lakin, J. L., Giesler, R. B., Morris, K. A., & Vosmik, J. R. (2007). HOMER as an acronym for the scientific method. Teaching of Psychology, 34, 94-96.

Lakin, J. L. (2006). Automatic cognitive processes and nonverbal communication. In V. Manusov & M. L. Patterson (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Nonverbal Communication (pp. 59-77). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Chartrand, T. L., Maddux, W. W., & Lakin, J. L. (2005). Beyond the perception-behavior link: The ubiquitous utility and motivational moderators of nonconscious mimicry. In R. R. Hassin, J. S. Uleman, & J. A. Bargh (Eds.), The new unconscious (pp. 334-361). New York: Oxford University Press.

Lakin, J. L. & Chartrand, T. L. (2005). Exclusion and nonconscious behavioral mimicry. In K. D. Williams, J. P. Forgas, & W. von Hippel (Eds.), The social outcast: Ostracism, social exclusion, rejection, and bullying (pp. 279-295). New York: Psychology Press.

Lakin, J. L. & Wichman, A. L. (2005). Applying social psychological concepts outside the classroom. Teaching of Psychology, 32, 110-113.

Lakin, J. L., & Chartrand, T. L. (2003). Using nonconscious behavioral mimicry to create affiliation and rapport. Psychological Science, 14, 334-339.

Lakin, J. L., Jefferis, V. E., Cheng, C. M., & Chartrand, T. L. (2003). The Chameleon Effect as social glue: Evidence for the evolutionary significance of nonconscious mimicry. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 27, 145-162.

Recent Presentations

Lakin, J. L., Allshouse, A. D., & Osorio, B. (2011, January). Oh, the places we could go: Priming travel increases self-improvement intentions. Poster to be presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Lakin, J. L. (2009, February). Evaluations of behavioral self-handicappers depend on the nature of the handicap. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL.

Smith, K. R., Reich, D. A., Casa de Calvo, M. P., & Lakin, J. L. (2009, February). Nonconscious tone of voice mimicry as a vehicle for self-fulfilling prophecies: When mimicry can lead to expectancy confirmation. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Tampa, FL.

Betz, D. E., Lakin, J. L., & Cermele, J. A. (2008, February). The impact of sexist humor on women’s self-stereotyping. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Albuquerque, NM.