University of Texas at El Paso
Psychology Department
Adam Fetterman    

Adam Fetterman
Personal Information    

PhD, North Dakota State University (2013)

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Personality, Emotion, Attitudes, & Social Psychology (PEAS) Laboratory
Research Interests    

My research interests lie at the intersection of social, personality, and cognitive psychology. Within these domains, I am typically investigating processes related to emotion. My two specific areas of research are conceptual metaphor theory and wrongness admission. My work on conceptual metaphor theory looks at how metaphors reflect and influence our thoughts, and how they help us to understand abstract concepts like emotion. With regard to wrongness admission, I am looking at why people do not publicly admit when they are wrong and what happens, socially and emotionally, when they do admit. The goal of this work is to help inform the public that wrongness admission is a good thing and necessary for fostering positive human relations. In addition, I often investigate timely topics in areas related to meaning in life, nostalgia, politics, religion and atheism, cooperation and competition, video gaming, evolution, generational stereotypes, and more.

Sample Publications    

Fetterman, A. K. (2016). On god-belief and feeling clean: Feelings ofcleanliness are associated with feelings and behavior in daily life,particularly for those high in god belief. Social Psychology andPersonality Science, 7, 552-559. Full Text

Fetterman, A. K., Bair, J. L., Werth,M., Landkammer, F., & Robinson, M. D. (2016). The scope and consequences ofmetaphoric thinking: Using individual differences in metaphor usage tounderstand the utility of conceptual metaphors. Journalof Personality and Social Psychology, 110, 458-476. PDF

Fetterman, A. K., Boyd, R. L., &Robinson, M. D. (2015). Power versus affiliation in political ideology: Robustlinguistic evidence for distinct motivational signatures. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41,1195-1206. PDF

Fetterman, A. K., & Sassenberg, K.(2015). The reputational consequences of failed replications and wrongness admissionamong scientists. PLOS ONE,e0143723 PDF

Fetterman, A. K., & Robinson, M.D. (2013). Do you use your head or follow your heart? Self-location predictspersonality, emotion, decision making, and performance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 316-334.PDF

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Phone: 1-915-747-5551
Fax: 1-915-747-6553

  106 Psychology Building
Department of Psychology
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso TX, 79968

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