Associate Professor of Psychology
Texas A&M University
Dr. Joshua Hicks’ research aims to understand how people answer the “big” questions in life and how people’s answers to those questions influence their attitudes and behavior. His lab formulates and tests a wide range of hypotheses related to many types of existential concerns focusing on the antecedents and consequences of the experience of meaning in life, authenticity, self-alienation, perceptions of free-will, and mortality awareness. Dr. Hicks co-edited The Experience of Meaning in Life: Classical Perspectives, Emerging Trends, and Controversies (Springer, 2013), and is currently investigating the link between morality and meaning in life, whether intrinsic value contributes to personal meaning, and how the motivation to experience existential meaning influences human behavior.