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The Anger & Traffic Psychology Lab

Welcome to the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi! We conduct basic and applied psychological research on dysfunctional anger, overt and relational aggression, clinical traffic psychology, and related areas.

Within these domains, much of our work focuses on the role of personality. For example, we are currently exploring the role of broad models of personality (e.g., the Five Factor Model) and a number of "dark personality" variables (e.g., psychopathy, narcissism) in relational aggression and aggressive driving. We also study a range of social-cognitive and affective factors (e.g., empathy, social anxiety, anger expression, beliefs about the acceptability of aggression, hostile thoughts, driving anger).

For more information, please see our Research page.
ATTN: Prospective applicants

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from individuals interested in conducting psychological research on aspects of personality and driving behavior with relevance to aggressive driving, risky driving (e.g., speeding, driving while distracted), and/or accident-related outcomes.

Current Projects

Examples of projects in progress include:
  • Development of a self-report measure of proactive and reactive relational aggression for use with college students
  • Masculine identity and relational aggression among gay men
  • The HEXACO model of personality and Dark Triad in relational aggression
  • Refinement of the Attitudes Toward Anger Management Scale (ATAMS)
  • Personality and relational aggression in college students: The role of social anxiety
  • Dark personalty variables in aggressive and risky driving
  • Interpersonal jealousy and relational aggression in college students' romantic relationships
  • Dark personality traits in electronic aggression

Future Plans

Examples of projects now in the development phase include:
  • Emotion regulation as a moderator of the relationship between trait anger and relational aggression
  • Perceptions of personality: Comparing self- and other-report ratings
  • Psychopathic personality traits and social/emotional intelligence in overt and relational aggression
Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab
The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is directed by Dr. Eric R. Dahlen in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. Doctoral and master's students in the Counseling Psychology graduate programs and undergraduate students at the University of Southern Mississippi study anger, aggression, traffic psychology, and related areas.