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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.

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
  • Trait anger and emotion regulation in relational aggression
  • Personality and relational aggression in college students
  • Dark personalty traits in aggressive driving and cyber aggression
  • Interpersonal jealousy and relational aggression in college students' romantic relationships
  • Contingent self-esteem, envy, anger rumination, and fear of negative evaluation in indirect and displaced aggression

Future Plans

Examples of projects now in the development phase include:
  • Vulnerable narcissism and emotion regulation in suicidal ideation and self-directed aggression
  • Perceptions of personality: Comparing self- and other-report ratings
  • Psychopathic personality traits and social/emotional intelligence in overt and relational aggression
  • Predictors of cyber aggression
  • Alcohol-related 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.