Jeff Schimel

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept
(780) 492-5280
P-319J Bio Science - Psychology Wing
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E9



My research is broadly concerned with understanding the psychological function of important beliefs about the self and world. The types of beliefs I have been investigating over the years have to do with 1) self-esteem, the belief that one is an object of primary value in a world of meaning (c.f., Becker, 1971), and 2) cultural worldviews, beliefs about the nature of reality. Some of my research suggests that these beliefs function, at least in part, to help people manage anxiety about death.


PSYCO 445 - Social Psychology and Cinema

The purpose of this course is to use a combination of social psychological theory, research and feature length films to explore the psychological determinants of important forms of human social behavior. Topics include the existential realities of the human condition, aggression, obedience, prejudice, attraction, and relationships. Prerequisites: One of STAT 141 or 151 or 161 or PSYCO 212, and one of PSYCO 333, 342, 343, or 347. PSYCO 212 is strongly recommended. Note: Not open to students with credit in PSYCO 405 Topic: Studies of Self Through Cinema. [Faculty of Arts].

Fall Term 2021 Winter Term 2022
PSYCO 541 - Advanced Social and Cultural Psychology I

[Faculty of Arts]

Winter Term 2022

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Emotion as a necessary component of threat-induced death-thought accessibility and worldview defense.
Author(s): Webber, D., Schimel, J., Faucher, E. H., Hayes, J., & Martens, A.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Motivation and Emotion

Following and resisting body image ideals in advertising: The moderating role of extrinsic contingency focus.
Author(s): Williams, T. J., Schimel, J., Hayes, J., & Usta, M.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Self and Identity

The birth and death of belonging
Author(s): Schimel, J., & Greenberg, J.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: In DeWall, C. N.& C. Zimmerman (Eds.). The oxford handbook of social exclusion. Oxford University Press: NY

Using a bug-killing paradigm to understand how social validation and invalidation influences the distress of killing.
Author(s): Webber, D., Schimel, J., Martens, A., Faucher, E., Hayes, J.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

Self-esteem and autonomic physiology: Self-esteem levels predict cardiac vagal tone.
Author(s): Martens, A. Greenberg, J., Allen, J. J. B., Hayes, J., Schimel, J., & Johns, M.
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Journal of Research in Personality