Faculty Associate, RCGD
Professor, Ross School Of Business
Oscar Ybarra's research revolves around the social underpinnings of cognition and intelligence, how people navigate their web of relations with others, and how people balance connecting socially with the need to pursue and protect personally valued goals. Dr. Ybarra's research has been published in top journals in the field, and his work on social judgment has been used in presentations before congressional hearings on aging and fraud. His research on mental exercising through socializing, and Facebook use and well-being, has received much national and international media attention.
- Yang, Qing, Oscar Ybarra, Kees Van den Bos, Yufang Zhao, Lili Guan, Yunfei Cao, Fang Li, and Xiting Huang. 2019. "Neurophysiological and behavioral evidence that self-uncertainty salience increases self-esteem striving." Biological Psychology 143: 62-73.
- Kross, Ethan F., Philippe Verduyn, Margaret Boyer, Brittany Drake, Izzy Gainsburg, Brian Vickers, Oscar Ybarra, and John Jonides. 2019. "Does counting emotion words on online social networks provide a window into people's subjective experience of emotion? A case study on Facebook." Emotion 19(1): 97-107.
- Lee, David S., Ariana Orvell, Julia Briskin, Taylor Shrapnell, Susan A. Gelman, Ozlem Ayduk, Oscar Ybarra, and Ethan F. Kross. Forthcoming. "When chatting about negative experiences helps-and when it hurts: Distinguishing adaptive versus maladaptive social support in computer-mediated communication." Emotion : No-Pagination Specified-No Pagination Specified.
- Chan, Todd, Nicholas M. Michalak, and Oscar Ybarra. 2019. "When God is your only friend: Religious beliefs compensate for purpose in life in the socially disconnected." Journal of Personality 87(3): 455-471.
- Lee, David S., Oscar Ybarra, Richard D. Gonzalez, and Phoebe C. Ellsworth. 2018. "I-Through-We: How Supportive Social Relationships Facilitate Personal Growth." Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 44(1): 37-48.
- Verduyn, Philippe, Oscar Ybarra, Maxime Resibois, John Jonides, and Ethan F. Kross. 2017. "Do Social Network Sites Enhance or Undermine Subjective Well-Being? A Critical Review." Social Issues and Policy Review 11(1): 274-302.
- Park, Jiyoung, David Seungjae Lee, Holly Shablack, Philippe Verduyn, Patricia Deldin, Oscar Ybarra, John Jonides, and Ethan F. Kross. 2016. "When perceptions defy reality: The relationships between depression and actual and perceived Facebook social support." Journal of Affective Disorders 200: 37-44.
- Verduyn, Philippe, Oscar Ybarra, Ethan F. Kross, David Seungjae Lee, Jiyoung Park, Holly Shablack, Ariana Orvell, Joseph Bayer, an, et al. 2015. "Passive Facebook Usage Undermines Affective Well-Being: Experimental and Longitudinal Evidence." Journal of Experimental Psychology-General 144(2): 480-488.
- Ybarra, Oscar, Ethan F. Kross, and Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks. 2014. "The "Big Idea" That Is yet to Be: Toward A More Motivated, Contextual, and Dynamic Model of Emotional Intelligence." The Academy of Management Perspectives 28(2): 93-107.
- Rios, Kimberly, Oscar Ybarra, and Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks. 2013. "Outgroup primes induce unpredictability tendencies under conditions of distrust." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 49(3): 372-377.
- Kross, Ethan F., Oscar Ybarra, Philippe Verduyn, Emre Demiralp, Jiyoung Park, David Seungjae Lee, Natalie Lin, Holly Shablack, an, et al. 2013. "Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adults." PLoS ONE 8(8): e69841.
- Ybarra, Oscar, David Seungjae Lee, and Richard D. Gonzalez. 2012. "Supportive Social Relationships Attenuate the Appeal of Choice." Psychological Science 23(10): 1186-1192.
- Ybarra, Oscar, Matthew C. Keller, Emily Chan, Stephen M. Garcia, Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, Kimberly Rios Morrison, and Andrew S. Baron. 2010. "Being Unpredictable: Friend or Foe Matters." Social Psychological and Personality Science 1(3): 259-267.
- Chan, Emily, Oscar Ybarra, and Norbert W. Schwarz. 2006. "Reversing the affective congruency effect: The role of target word frequency of occurrence." Journal of experimental social psychology 42(3): 365-372. Netherlands: Elsevier Science.
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- Study by Ybarra et al. finds religiosity bolsters purpose in life for the socially disconnected, but not for others