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Journal Articles

  1. Proudfoot, D; Kay, AC (2018). How perceptions of one's organization can affect perceptions of the self: Membership in a stable organization can sustain individuals' sense of control. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 76, 104-115. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Landau, MJ; Khenfer, J; Keefer, LA; Swanson, TJ; Kay, AC (2018). When and why does belief in a controlling God strengthen goal commitment?. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 75, 71-82. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Tang, S; King, M; Kay, AC (2018). Fate as a motivated (and de-motivating) belief: Evidence for a link from task importance to belief in fate to effort. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 144, 74-84. [doi]
  4. Khenfer, J; Laurin, K; Tafani, E; Roux, E; Kay, AC (2017). Interventionist external agents make specific advice less demotivating. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 73, 189-196. [doi]
  5. Fath, S; Proudfoot, D; Kay, AC (2017). Effective to a fault: Organizational structure predicts attitudes toward minority organizations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 73, 290-297. [doi]
  6. Shepherd, S; Eibach, RP; Kay, AC (2017). “One Nation Under God”: The System-Justifying Function of Symbolically Aligning God and Government. Political Psychology, 38(5), 703-720. [doi]  [abs]
  7. Ma, A; Landau, MJ; Narayanan, J; Kay, AC (2017). Thought-control difficulty motivates structure seeking.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146(8), 1067-1072. [doi]  [abs]
  8. Ma, A; Kay, AC (2017). Compensatory control and ambiguity intolerance. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 140, 46-61. [doi]
  9. Leander, NP; Kay, AC; Chartrand, TL; Payne, BK (2017). An Affect Misattribution Pathway to Perceptions of Intrinsic Reward. Social Cognition, 35(2), 163-180. [doi]  [abs]
  10. Laurin, K; Kay, AC (2017). The Motivational Underpinnings of Belief in God. Advances in experimental social psychology, 56, 201-257. [doi]  [abs]
  11. Kay, AC; Brandt, MJ (2016). Ideology and intergroup inequality: emerging directions and trends. Current Opinion in Psychology, 11, 110-114. [doi]
  12. Rahinel, R; Amaral, NB; Clarkson, JJ; Kay, AC (2016). On incidental catalysts of elaboration: Reminders of environmental structure promote effortful thought. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 64, 1-7. [doi]
  13. Proudfoot, D; Kay, AC; Koval, CZ (2015). A Gender Bias in the Attribution of Creativity: Archival and Experimental Evidence for the Perceived Association Between Masculinity and Creative Thinking.. Psychological Science, 26(11), 1751-1761. [doi]  [abs]
  14. Proudfoot, D; Kay, AC; Mann, H (2015). Motivated employee blindness: The impact of labor market instability on judgment of organizational inefficiencies. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 130, 108-122. [doi]
  15. Kay, A; Napier, J (2015). The justice motive as a driver of religious experience. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 5(3), 238-240. [doi]
  16. Czopp, AM; Kay, AC; Cheryan, S (2015). Positive Stereotypes Are Pervasive and Powerful.. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(4), 451-463. [doi]  [abs]
  17. Landau, MJ; Kay, AC; Whitson, JA (2015). Compensatory control and the appeal of a structured world.. Psychological Bulletin, 141(3), 694-722. [doi]  [abs]
  18. Tullett, AM; Kay, AC; Inzlicht, M (2015). Randomness increases self-reported anxiety and neurophysiological correlates of performance monitoring.. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10(5), 628-635. [doi]  [abs]
  19. Friesen, JP; Campbell, TH; Kay, AC (2015). The psychological advantage of unfalsifiability: the appeal of untestable religious and political ideologies.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108(3), 515-529. [doi]  [abs]
  20. van der Toorn, J; Feinberg, M; Jost, JT; Kay, AC; Tyler, TR; Willer, R; Wilmuth, C (2015). A Sense of Powerlessness Fosters System Justification: Implications for the Legitimation of Authority, Hierarchy, and Government. Political Psychology, 36(1), 93-110. [doi]
  21. van der Toorn, J; Feinberg, M; Jost, JT; Kay, AC; Tyler, TR; Willer, R; Wilmuth, C (2015). A sense of powerlessness fosters system justification: Implications for the legitimation of authority, hierarchy, and government. Political Psychology, 36(1), 93-110. [doi]  [abs]
  22. Whitson, JA; Galinsky, AD; Kay, A (2015). The emotional roots of conspiratorial perceptions, system justification, and belief in the paranormal. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 56, 89-95. [doi]
  23. Brown-Iannuzzi, JL; Lundberg, KB; Kay, AC; Payne, BK (2015). Subjective status shapes political preferences.. Psychological Science, 26(1), 15-26. [doi]  [abs]
  24. Campbell, TH; Kay, AC (2014). Solution aversion: On the relation between ideology and motivated disbelief.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107(5), 809-824. [doi]  [abs]
  25. Callan, MJ; Kay, AC; Dawtry, RJ (2014). Making sense of misfortune: deservingness, self-esteem, and patterns of self-defeat.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107(1), 142-162. [doi]  [abs]
  26. Yeung, AWY; Kay, AC; Peach, JM (2014). Anti-feminist backlash: The role of system justification in the rejection of feminism. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 17(4), 474-484. [doi]
  27. Shepherd, S; Kay, AC (2014). When Government Confidence Undermines Public Involvement in Modern Disasters. Social Cognition, 32(3), 206-216. [doi]  [abs]
  28. Tang, S; Shepherd, S; Kay, AC (2014). Do difficult decisions motivate belief in fate? A test in the context of the 2012 U.S. presidential election.. Psychological Science, 25(4), 1046-1048. [doi]
  29. Kay, AC; Jost, JT (2014). Theoretical integration in motivational science: System justification as one of many "autonomous motivational structures".. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37(2), 146-147. [doi]  [abs]
  30. Kay, AC; Laurin, K; Fitzsimons, GM; Landau, MJ (2014). A functional basis for structure-seeking: exposure to structure promotes willingness to engage in motivated action.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(2), 486-491. [doi]  [abs]
  31. Friesen, JP; Kay, AC; Eibach, RP; Galinsky, AD (2014). Seeking structure in social organization: compensatory control and the psychological advantages of hierarchy.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106(4), 590-609. [doi]  [abs]
  32. Proudfoot, D; Kay, AC (2014). System justification in organizational contexts: How a Motivated preference for the status quo can affect organizational attitudes and behaviors. Research in Organizational Behavior, 34, 173-187. [doi]  [abs]
  33. Friesen, JP; Kay, AC; Eibach, RP; Galinsky, AD (2014). Seeking structure in social organization: Compensatory control and the psychological advantages of hierarchy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106(4), 590-609. [doi]  [abs]
  34. Proudfoot, D; Kay, AC (2014). System justification in organizational contexts: How a Motivated preference for the status quo can affect organizational attitudes and behaviors. Research in Organizational Behavior, 34, 173-187. [doi]
  35. Kay, AC; Proudfoot, D (2014). Reactance of Rationalization? Predicting Public Responses to Government Policy. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1, 256-262.
  36. Kay, AC; Eibach, RP (2013). Compensatory Control and Its Implications for Ideological Extremism. Journal of Social Issues, 69(3), 564-585. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  37. Kugler, MB; Funk, F; Braun, J; Gollwitzer, M; Kay, AC; Darley, JM (2013). DIFFERENCES IN PUNITIVENESS ACROSS THREE CULTURES: A TEST OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM IN JUSTICE ATTITUDES. The Journal of criminal law & criminology, 103(4), 1071-1113. [Gateway.cgi]
  38. Laurin, K; Kay, AC; Proudfoot, D; Fitzsimons, GJ (2013). Response to restrictive policies: Reconciling system justification and psychological reactance. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 122(2), 152-162. [doi]  [abs]
  39. Laurin, K; Gaucher, D; Kay, A (2013). Stability and the justification of social inequality. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43(4), 246-254. [doi]  [abs]
  40. Zhu, LL; Kay, AC; Eibach, RP (2013). A test of the flexible ideology hypothesis: System justification motives interact with ideological cueing to predict political judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49(4), 755-758. [doi]  [abs]
  41. Zhu, LL; Kay, AC; Eibach, RP (2013). A test of the flexible ideology hypothesis: System justification motives interact with ideological cueing to predict political judgments. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. [doi]  [abs]
  42. Kay, AC; Day, MV; Zanna, MP; Nussbaum, AD (2013). The insidious (and ironic) effects of positive stereotypes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49(2), 287-291. [doi]  [abs]
  43. Sullivan, D; Landau, MJ; Kay, AC; Rothschild, ZK (2012). Collectivism and the Meaning of Suffering. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103(6), 1023-1039. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  44. Sullivan, D; Landau, MJ; Kay, AC (2012). TOWARD A COMPREHENSIVE UNDERSTANDING OF EXISTENTIAL THREAT: INSIGHTS FROM PAUL TILLICH. Social Cognition, 30(6), 734-757. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  45. Laurin, K; Kay, AC; Fitzsimons, GJ (2012). Reactance versus rationalization: divergent responses to policies that constrain freedom.. Psychological Science, 23(2), 205-209. [22241813], [doi]  [abs]
  46. Shepherd, S; Kay, AC (2012). On the perpetuation of ignorance: System dependence, system justification, and the motivated avoidance of sociopolitical information. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(2), 264-280. [doi]  [abs]
  47. Laurin, K; Shariff, AF; Henrich, J; Kay, AC (2012). Outsourcing punishment to god: Beliefs in divine control reduce earthly punishment. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, 279(1741), 3272-3281. [doi]  [abs]
  48. Laurin, K; Kay, AC; Fitzsimons, GM (2012). Divergent effects of activating thoughts of god on self-regulation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102(1), 4-21. [doi]  [abs]
  49. Bobocel, DR; Kay, AC; Zanna, MP; Olson, JM (2011). The psychology of justice and legitimacy: The Ontario symposium. The Psychology of Justice and Legitimacy, 11, 1-350. [doi]  [abs]
  50. Laurin, K; Kay, AC; Shepherd, S (2011). Self-stereotyping as a route to system justification. Social Cognition, 29(3), 360-375. [doi]  [abs]
  51. Wheeler, SC; Smeesters, D; Kay, AC (2011). Culture modifies the operation of prime-to-behavior effects. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47(4), 824-829. [doi]  [abs]
  52. Shepherd, S; Kay, AC; Landau, MJ; Keefer, LA (2011). Evidence for the specificity of control motivations in worldview defense: Distinguishing compensatory control from uncertainty management and terror management processes. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47(5), 949-958. [doi]  [abs]
  53. Day, MV; Kay, AC; Holmes, JG; Napier, JL (2011). System Justification and the Defense of Committed Relationship Ideology. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101(2), 291-306. [doi]  [abs]
  54. Gaucher, D; Friesen, J; Kay, AC (2011). Evidence That Gendered Wording in Job Advertisements Exists and Sustains Gender Inequality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101(1), 109-128. [doi]  [abs]
  55. Kay, AC; Friesen, J (2011). On social stability and social change: Understanding when system justification does and does not occur. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20(6), 360-364. [doi]  [abs]
  56. Laurin, K; Fitzsimons, GM; Kay, AC (2011). Social Disadvantage and the Self-Regulatory Function of Justice Beliefs. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100(1), 149-171. [doi]  [abs]
  57. Banfield, JC; Kay, AC; Cutright, KM; Wu, EC; Fitzsimons, GJ (2011). A person by situation account of motivated system defense. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2(2), 212-219. [doi]  [abs]
  58. Cutright, KM; Wu, EC; Banfield, JC; Kay, AC; Fitzsimons, GJ (2011). When your world must be defended: Choosing products to justify the system. Journal of Consumer Research, 38(1), 62-77. [doi]  [abs]
  59. Kay, AC; Shepherd, S; Blatz, CW; Chua, SN; Galinsky, AD (2010). For God (or) country: the hydraulic relation between government instability and belief in religious sources of control.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99(5), 725-739. [20954784], [doi]  [abs]
  60. Gaucher, D; Hafer, CL; Kay, AC; Davidenko, N (2010). Compensatory rationalizations and the resolution of everyday undeserved outcomes. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36(1), 109-118. [doi]  [abs]
  61. Smeesters, D; Wheeler, SC; Kay, AC (2010). Chapter Five: Indirect prime-to-behavior effects: The role of perceptions of the self, others, and situations in connecting primed constructs to social behavior. Advances in experimental social psychology, 42, 259-317. [doi]  [abs]
  62. Kay, AC; Moscovitch, DA; Laurin, K (2010). Randomness, attributions of arousal, and belief in god. Psychological Science, 21(2), 216-218. [doi]
  63. Kay, AC; Gaucher, D; McGregor, I; Nash, K (2010). Religious belief as compensatory control. Personality and Social Psychology Review (Sage), 14(1), 37-48. [doi]  [abs]
  64. Callan, MJ; Kay, AC; Olson, JM; Brar, N; Whitefield, N (2010). The effects of priming legal concepts on perceived trust and competitiveness, self-interested attitudes, and competitive behavior. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46(2), 325-335. [doi]  [abs]
  65. Laurin, K; Shepherd, S; Kay, AC (2010). Restricted emigration, System Inescapability, and Defense of the Status Quo: System-Justifying Consequences of Restricted Exit Opportunities. Psychological Science, 21(8), 1075-1082. [doi]  [abs]
  66. Anderson, JE; Kay, AC; Fitzsimons, GM (2010). In search of the silver lining: the justice motive fosters perceptions of benefits in the later lives of tragedy victims.. Psychological Science, 21(11), 1599-1604. [doi]  [abs]
  67. Jost, JT; Kay, AC; Thorisdottir, H (2009). Social and Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification. Social and Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification, 1-552. [doi]  [abs]
  68. Kay, AC; Zanna, MP (2009). A Contextual Analysis of the System Justification Motive and Its Societal Consequences. [doi]  [abs]
  69. Kay, AC; Whitson, JA; Gaucher, D; Galinsky, AD (2009). Compensatory control: Achieving order through the mind, our institutions, and the heavens. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18(5), 264-268. [doi]  [abs]
  70. Smeesters, D; Wheeler, SC; Kay, AC (2009). The Role of Interpersonal Perceptions in the Prime-to-Behavior Pathway. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96(2), 395-414. [doi]  [abs]
  71. Kay, AC; Czapliński, S; Jost, JT (2009). Left-right ideological differences in system Justification following exposure to complementary versus noncomplementary stereotype exemplars. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39(2), 290-298. [doi]  [abs]
  72. Callan, MJ; Kay, AC; Davidenko, N; Ellard, JH (2009). The effects of justice motivation on memory for self- and other-relevant events. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45(4), 614-623. [doi]  [abs]
  73. Kay, AC; Gaucher, D; Peach, JM; Laurin, K; Friesen, J; Zanna, MP; Spencer, SJ (2009). Inequality, Discrimination, and the Power of the Status Quo: Direct Evidence for a Motivation to See the Way Things Are as the Way They Should Be. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97(3), 421-434. [doi]  [abs]
  74. Bryan, CJ; Dweck, CS; Ross, L; Kay, AC; Mislavsky, NO (2009). Political mindset: Effects of schema priming on liberal-conservative political positions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45(4), 890-895. [doi]  [abs]
  75. Lau, GP; Kay, AC; Spencer, SJ (2008). Loving those who justify inequality: The effects of system threat on attraction to women who embody benevolent sexist ideals. Psychological Science, 19(1), 20-21. [doi]
  76. Kay, AC; Wheeler, SC; Smeesters, D (2008). The situated person: Effects of construct accessibility on situation construals and interpersonal perception. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44(2), 275-291. [doi]  [abs]
  77. Kay, AC; Gaucher, D; Napier, JL; Callan, MJ; Laurin, K (2008). God and the Government: Testing a Compensatory Control Mechanism for the Support of External Systems. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95(1), 18-35. [doi]  [abs]
  78. Laurin, K; Kay, AC; Moscovitch, DA (2008). On the belief in God: Towards an understanding of the emotional substrates of compensatory control. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44(6), 1559-1562. [doi]  [abs]
  79. Kay, AC; Jost, JT; Mandisodza, AN; Sherman, SJ; Petrocelli, JV; Johnson, AL (2007). Panglossian Ideology In The Service Of System Justification: How Complementary Stereotypes Help Us To Rationalize Inequality. Advances in experimental social psychology, 39, 305-358. [doi]  [abs]
  80. Jost, JT; Kay, AC (2005). Exposure to benevolent sexism and complementary gender stereotypes: Consequences for specific and diffuse forms of system justification. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88(3), 498-509. [doi]  [abs]
  81. Kay, AC; Jost, JT; Young, S (2005). Victim derogation and victim enhancement as alternate routes to system justification. Psychological Science, 16(3), 240-246. [doi]  [abs]
  82. Kay, AC; Wheeler, SC; Bargh, JA; Ross, L (2004). Material priming: The influence of mundane physical objects on situational construal and competitive behavioral choice. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 95(1), 83-96. [doi]  [abs]
  83. Fitzsimons, GM; Kay, AC (2004). Language and Interpersonal Cognition: Causal Effects of Variations in Pronoun Usage on Perceptions of Closeness. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30(5), 547-557. [doi]  [abs]
  84. Mendelson, MJ; Kay, AC (2003). Positive feelings in friendship: Does imbalance in the relationship matter?. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 20(1), 101-116. [doi]  [abs]
  85. Kay, AC; Ross, L (2003). The perceptual push: The interplay of implicit cues and explicit situational construals on behavioral intentions in the prisoner's dilemma. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39(6), 634-643. [doi]  [abs]
  86. Baldwin, MW; Kay, AC (2003). Adult attachment and the inhibition of rejection. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 22(3), 275-293. [doi]  [abs]
  87. Kay, AC; Jost, JT (2003). Complementary Justice: Effects of "Poor but Happy" and "Poor but Honest" Stereotype Exemplars on System Justification and Implicit Activation of the Justice Motive. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85(5), 823-837. [doi]  [abs]
  88. Kay, AC; Jimenez, MC; Jost, JT (2002). Sour grapes, sweet lemons, and the anticipatory rationalization of the status quo. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28(9), 1300-1312.  [abs]

Books

  1. Gaucher, D; Kay, AC; Laurin, K; Fry, QG; O'Donnell, C (2011). The Power of the status quo: Consequences for maintaining and perpetuating inequalityPreface. [doi]
  2. Ramona Bobocel, D; Kay, AC; Zanna, MP; Olson, JM (2011). The psychology of justice and legitimacy: The Ontario symposium. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Thorisdottir, H; Jost, JT; Kay, AC (2009). On the Social and Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification. [doi]  [abs]

Chapters in Books

  1. Rutjens, BT; Kay, AC "Compensatory control theory and the psychological importance of perceiving order." Coping with Lack of Control in a Social World. November, 2016: 83-96. [doi]
  2. Kay, AC; Anderson, JE; Fitzsimons, GM "The motivated process of making meaning from negative experiences." The Psychology of Meaning. American Psychological Association, 2014
  3. Kay, AC; Landau, MJ; Sullivan, DL "Agency and Control." APA Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition. Ed. Bargh, J; Borgida, E American Psychological Association, 2014
  4. Banfield, JC; Shepherd, S; Kay, AC "Consequences of system defense motivations for individuals’ willingness to act sustainably." Encouraging Sustainable Behavior: Psychology and the Environment. January, 2013: 111-124. [doi]
  5. Kay, AC; Sullivan, DL "Cultural unity and diversity in compensatory control." Advances in Culture and Psychology. Ed. Gelfand, M; Yue, C; Hong, Y Oxford University Press, 2013
  6. Callan, MJ; Kay, AC "Associations Between Law, Competitiveness, and the Pursuit of Self-Interest." Ideology, Psychology, and Law. May, 2012 [doi]  [abs]
  7. Jost, JT; Kay, AC "System justification as an obstacle to the attainment of social justice." Social Thinking and Interpersonal Behavior. January, 2012: 277-296. [doi]
  8. Kay, AC; Eibach, RP "The ideological toolbox: Ideologies as tools of motivated social cognition." The SAGE Handbook of Social Cognition. January, 2012: 495-515. [doi]
  9. Kay, AC; Eibach, RP "Ideological Processes." The Handbook of Social Cognition. Ed. Fiske, S; MaCrae, N Oxford University Press, 2012
  10. Ramona Bobocel, D; Kay, AC; Zanna, MP; Olson, JM "Preface."  January, 2011: vii-xiv. [doi]
  11. Kay, AC; Jost, JT "Social Justice: History, Theory, and Research." Handbook of Social Psychology. John Wiley and Sons, 2010
  12. Kay, AC; Gaucher, D; Laurin, K "The power of the status quo: Consequences for maintaining and perpetuating inequality." The Psychology of Justice and Legitimacy: The Ontario Symposium (Vol. 11). Ed. Bobocel, R; Kay, M; Zanna, P; Olson, JM Psychology Press, 2010: 109-118.
  13. Kay, AC; Banfield, J; Laurin, K "Ideology and power." The Social Psychology of Power. Ed. Vescio, T; Guinote, A Guilford Press, 2010
  14. Kay, AC; Zanna, MP "A contextual analysis of the social and psychological consequences of system justification." Social & Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification. Ed. Jost, JT; Thoristtodor, H Oxford University Press, 2009
  15. Kay, AC; Jost, JT; Fitzsimons, GM "The Ideological Animal: On the Epistemic and Existential Bases of System Justification." Handbook of Experimental Existential Psychology. Ed. Greenberg, J; Koole, SL; Pyszczynsk, T Guilford Press, 2004

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