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Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Sciences

Ben WilkowskiBen Wilkowski

Associate Professor

Emotion; Self-Regulation; Personality; Anger

Social Psychology

I am not currently accepting graduate student applications

Ph.D., North Dakota State University 2008

M.S., North Dakota State University 2005

B.A., Ohio University, 2002 • 307-223-5239 • Bio Sciences Bldg 123


Academic Positions

Associate Professor, University of Wyoming, 2014-present

Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming, 2008-2014


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Research Interests

The Emotion and Cognition lab has recently moved toward examining emotions and self-regulatory processes in people's daily lives. We use experience-sampling methodologies to assess participant's daily life experiences rather directly. Current projects focus on: 1) Self-regulatory processes which allow people to achieve their long-toward goals in daily life; 2) Fatigue's role in self-regulatory success in daily life; 3) The role of various emotions (e.g., anger, shame, guilt) in regulating social behaviors (e.g., helping, aggression, etc.) within close personal relationships; and 4) The interplay of traits, social-cognitive processes, and situations in predicting daily behaviors. I also have a longer standing interest in anger, aggression, implicit social cognition, and emotion regulation which we continue to pursue.


Psyc 2000: Research Methods

Psyc 2380: Social Psychology

Psyc 4390: Personality Science

Psyc 4740: Advanced Social Psychology

Psyc 5650: Theories of Social Psychology

Psyc 5785: Graduate Seminar, Emotions and their Social Consequences



Wilkowski, B.M., & Ferguson, E.L.* (2016). The steps that can take us miles: Examining the short-term dynamics of long-term daily goal pursuit. Journal of Experimental Psycology: General, 145; 516-524

Wilkowski, B.M., Crowe, S.E.*, & Ferguson, E.L.* (2015). Learning to keep your cool: Reducing aggression through the experimental modification of cognitive control. Cognition and Emotion, 13, 774-781.

Wilkowski, B.M., & Ferguson, E.L.* (2014). Just loving these people: Extraverts implicitly associate people with reward. Journal of Research in Personality, 54, 93-102.

Crowe, S.E.*, & Wilkowski, B.M. (2013). Looking for trouble: Revenge planning and pre-attentive vigilance for angry facial expressions. Emotion, 13, 774-781.

Wilkowski, B.M. & Chai, C.A.* (2012). Explicit person memories constrain the indirect reciprocation of prosocial acts. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1037-1045.

Wilkowski, B.M. & Robinson, M.D. (2010). The anatomy of anger: An integrative cognitive model of trait anger and reactive aggression. Journal of Personality, 78, 9-38.

Wildowski, B.M. & Robinson, M.D. (2010). Associative and spontaneous appraisal processes independently contribute to anger-elicitation in daily life. Emotion, 10, 181-189.

* indicates graduate student advisee


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