Jeff Schimel

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Psychology Dept


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.


PSYCH 241 - Social Psychology

A survey of theories and research on the individual in a social context. Prerequisite: PSYCH 105. Note: PSYCH 241 and SOC 241 may not both be taken for credit. [Faculty of Arts]

PSYCH 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 PSYCH 212 or PSYCH 213 or STAT 151 or 161, and one of PSYCH 333, 342, 343, or 347. PSYCH 212 is strongly recommended. Note: Not open to students with credit in PSYCH 405 Topic: Studies of Self Through Cinema. [Faculty of Arts].

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Featured Publications

Webber, D., Schimel, J., Faucher, E. H., Hayes, J., & Martens, A.

Motivation and Emotion. 2015 January;

Williams, T. J., Schimel, J., Hayes, J., & Usta, M.

Self and Identity. 2014 January;

Schimel, J., & Greenberg, J.

In DeWall, C. N.& C. Zimmerman (Eds.). The oxford handbook of social exclusion. Oxford University Press: NY. 2013 January;

Webber, D., Schimel, J., Martens, A., Faucher, E., Hayes, J.

Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 2013 January;

Martens, A. Greenberg, J., Allen, J. J. B., Hayes, J., Schimel, J., & Johns, M.

Journal of Research in Personality. 2010 January;