Documents

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
  • M.A., California State University, Fresno
  • B.S., University of California, Davis

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Biography

Dr. Williams received his PhD in Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He regularly teaches undergraduate classes in Cognitive Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and Physiological Psychology, and has taught a graduate course in the Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior. Dr. Williams is currently involved with research with both graduate and undergraduate students. His particular topics of interest include: Event-related potentials (ERPs) and implicit measures of gratitude, forgiveness, emotion regulation, humility, and attachment.

Affiliations

  • Association for Psychological Science (Member)
  • Society for Psychophysiological Research (Member)

Publications (Selected)

  • Ruf, B. M., Wang, D. C., & Williams, J. K. (2018). Investigating the many facets of spirituality that mediate the relationship between exposure to nature and psychological well-being. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 29, 75-95
  • Baker, J. C., Williams, J. K., Witvliet, C. V. O., & Hill, P. C. (2017). Positive reappraisals after an offense: Event-related potentials and emotional effects of benefit-finding and compassion. Journal of Positive Psychology, 12, 373-384.
  • Eltiti, S., Siefke, J. J., Lomas, D., & Williams, J. K. (2014). Reducing anxiety: Training attentional disengagement from threat using a modified spatial cueing task. SOJ Psychology, 1, 1-8.
  • Williams, J. K., Hill, P. C., Kim, S., & Campbell, C. D. (2012). Raising the interest of clinical doctoral students in basic research: Three challenges. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 31, 320-325.
  • Williams, J. K., & Themanson, J. R. (2011). Neural correlates of the Implicit Association Test: Evidence for semantic and emotional processing. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 6, 468-476. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsq065
  • Williams, J. K., Nesselroade, K. P., & Nam, R. K. (2007). When dissonance intervenes: Effects of perceived moral weight and issue opinion on self-enhancement of opinion objectivity. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 26, 227-235.
  • Nesselroade, K. P., Williams, J. K., Nam, R. K., & McBride, D. M. (2006). Self-enhancement of opinion objectivity: Effects of perceived moral weight. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 25, 27-33.

Presentations

  • Yuen, J. M., & Williams, J. K. (2020). Relationship Between Intellectual Humility and Interracial Stigma. Poster presented virtually at the Psi Chi Research Poster & Paper Repository in the Open Science Framework.
  • Stapleton, J., Poston, J. M., & Williams, J. K. (2020). Effects of God-Image and God Concept on Self-Compassion, Gratitude, and Negative Religious Coping. Poster presented at a meeting of the American Psychological Association, Online.
  • Woolner, K., Williams, J. K., Wang, D., & Macias, R. (2018). Exploring the Effect of Gratitude and Mindfulness on Attention and Affect. Poster presented at a meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
  • Woolner, K., Williams, J. K., Wang, D., Macias, R., & Rodriquez, C. (2018). Exploring the Effects of Gratitude and Mindfulness on Cognitive Mechanisms and Affect. Poster Presented at the 126th annual American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Yuen, J. M., & Williams, J. K. (2018). Contrasting Perceptions between Interracial and Same-Race Couples. Poster presented at a meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
  • Owens, B., Eltiti, S., Williams, J. K., Dacorro, L., Giordano, F., De la Pena, C., & Sivillo, L. (2018). The Effects of Gratitude and Mood on Performance in a Flanker Task. Poster presented at a meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
  • Nobis, E., Wang, D., & Williams, J. K. (2018). Dynamics of Racial Discrimination and Altruism in a High-Risk Urban African American Population. Poster Presented at the 126th annual American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Ruf, B. M., Wang, D. C., & Williams, J. K. (2018). Investigating Spirituality as a Mediator between Exposure to Nature and Two Facets of Well-being. Poster presented at the CPA Annual Convention, La Jolla, CA.
  • Lee, G. E., Hall, M. E., Anderson, T. L., & Williams, J. K. (2018). Self-compassion and Self-acceptance Buffer Effects of Maternal Self-discrepancy on Guilt and Shame. Poster Presented at the 126th annual American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Scholl, J., Eltiti, S., Snyder, E., & Williams, J. K. (2018). Sexual vs. Non-sexual Abuse, Religion, and PTSD. Poster presented at a meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
  • Williams, J. K., Eltiti, S., Dacorro, L., Giordano, F., & Smiley, A. (2017). Gratitude Increases Early Attention to Emotional Pictures but Does Not Affect Later Emotional Processing: Evidence from Event-Related Potentials. Poster presented at a meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Vienna, Austria.

Research Interests

  • Measuring event-related potentials (ERPs) of Cognitive Processes
  • Implicit Measures of Gratitude
  • Implicit Measures of Forgiveness
  • Implicit Measures of Emotion
  • Implicit Measures of Humility
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