Nickola Overall

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Email: n.overall@auckland.ac.nz

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The primary goal of my research is to investigate how emotional, attachment and relationship difficulties can be overcome to build healthy relationships. This involves investigating how couples can effectively resolve conflict and support each other, and the factors that influence these important relationship processes, such as biased perceptions, depressive symptoms, attachment insecurity, power and sexist attitudes. I also investigate the factors that can overcome the dysfunctional patterns that can arise from attachment insecurity, perceptual biases, and poor emotional regulation.

My primary methodological aim is to assess people’s relationship perceptions and behaviour as they matter in real-life, including the way in which naturally-occurring relationship processes shape the course of people’s lives and their relationships. To achieve this, I combine social interaction and daily diaries, behavioral observation, and longitudinal designs to model the predictors and consequences of emotions, perceptions and behavior within daily life, during actual interactions, and across time. I also focus on modelling dyadic processes to show that the ways in which people’s perceptions, emotions and behaviour impact health and wellbeing depend on how those responses differentially influence both couple members.

The quality and impact of my research has been recognized by the Gerald R. Miller Award for Early Career Achievement (2016) and the Caryl Rusbult Close Relationships Early Career Award (2014) for outstanding contributions to relationship science. I was also recognized as fellow by the Society of Personality and Social Psychology (2014) and the Association of Psychological Science (2015) for sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology. I am also an Associate Editor of Social Psychological and Personality Science, served as Associate Editor for Personal Relationships (2010-2013), and am on numerous editorial boards.


Publications

Please contact us if you would like more information about any of these publications.

Journal Articles

Hammond, M.D. & Overall, N.C. (in press). Intimate relationship dynamics reveal important causes, consequences and functions of sexist attitudes. Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Overall, N.C. (in press). Does partners’ negative-direct communication during conflict help sustain perceived commitment and relationship quality across time?. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Cross, E.J., Overall, N.C., Hammond, M.D., & Fletcher, G.J.O. (in press). When does Men’s Hostile Sexism Predict Relationship Aggression? The Moderating Role of Partner Commitment. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Dixon, H.C., & Overall, N.C. (in press). Regulating fears of rejection: Dispositional mindfulness attenuates the links between daily conflict, rejection fears and destructive relationship behaviors. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Jayamaha, S. D., Girme, Y. U., & Overall, N. C. (2017). When attachment anxiety impedes support provision: The role of feeling unvalued and unappreciated. Journal of Family Psychology31, 181-191.

Low, R.S.T., Overall, N.C., Hammond, M.D., & Girme, Y. U. (2017). Expressive suppression during personal goal pursuit impedes goal striving and achievement. Emotion, 17, 208-223.

Overall, N.C., & McNulty, J.K. (2017). What type of communication during conflict is beneficial for intimate relationships? Current Opinion in Psychology, 13, 1-5.

Overall, N.C., Hammond, M.D., McNulty, J.K., & Finkel, E.J. (2016). Power in context: Relationship and situational power interact to predict men’s aggression. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111, 195-217.

Cross, E.J., Overall, N.C. & Hammond, M.D. (2016). Perceiving Partners to Endorse Benevolent Sexism Attenuates Highly Anxious Women’s Negative Reactions to Conflict. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 923-940.

Dixon, H.C., & Overall, N.C. (2016). Dispositional mindfulness attenuates the link between daily stress and depressed mood. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 35, 256-269.

Farrell, A.K., Simpson, J.A., Overall, N.C., & Shallcross, S.L. (2016). Buffering avoidantly attached romantic partners in strain test situations. Journal of Family Psychology, 30, 580-591.

Girme, Y. U., Molloy, P., & Overall, N. C. (2016). Repairing distance and facilitating support: Reassurance seeking by highly avoidant individuals is associated with greater closeness and partner support. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 645-661.

Girme, Y. U., Overall, N. C, Faingataa, S., & Sibley, C. G. (2016). Happily single: The link between relationship status and wellbeing depends on avoidance and approach social goals. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 72, 122-130.

Hammond, M.D., Overall, N.C. & Cross, E.J. (2016). Internalizing sexism within close relationships: Perceptions of intimate partners’ benevolent sexism promote women’s endorsement of benevolent sexism. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110, 214-238.

Jayamaha, S.D., Antonellis, C., & Overall, N.C. (2016). Attachment insecurity and inducing guilt to regulate romantic partners. Personal Relationships, 23, 311-338.

Fletcher, G.J.O., Simpson. J.A., Campbell, L., & Overall, N.C. (2015). Pair-bonding, romantic love, and evolution: The curious case of Homo sapiens. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10, 20-36. DOI:10.1177/1745691614561683

Girme, Y.U., Overall, N.C., Simpson, J.A., & Fletcher, G.J.O. (2015). “All or nothing”: Attachment avoidance and the curvilinear effects of partner support. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108(3), 450-475. DOI:10.1037/a0038866 [Download PDF]

Girme, Y. U., Overall, N. C, Faingataa, S., & Sibley, C. G. (2015). Happily Single: The Link between Relationship Status and Wellbeing Depends on Avoidance and Approach Social Goals. Social Personality and Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1177/1948550615599828 [Download PDF]

Hammond, M.D., & Overall, N.C. (2015). Benevolent sexism and support of romantic partner’s goals: Undermining women’s competence while fulfilling men’s intimacy needs. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 1180-1194. DOI: 10.1177/0146167215593492 [Download PDF]

Jayamaha, S.D., & Overall, N.C. (2015). The moderating effect of agents’ self-esteem on the success of negative-direct partner regulation strategies. Personal Relationships, 22, 738–761.

Overall, N.C., Fletcher, G.J.O., Simpson, J.A., & Filo, J. (2015). Attachment insecurity, biased perceptions of romantic partners’ negative emotions, and hostile relationship behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 108(5):730-749. DOI:10.1037/a0038987 [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C. & Simpson, J.A. (2015). Attachment and dyadic regulation processes. Current Opinion in Psychology, 1, 61-66.  DOI: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2014.11.008  [Download PDF]

Girme, Y.U., Overall, N.C., & Faingataa, S. (2014). “Date nights” take two: The maintenance function of shared relationship activities. Personal Relationships, 21, 125-149DOI: 10.1111/pere.12020 [Download PDF]

Hammond, M.D., & Overall, N.C. (2014). Endorsing benevolent sexism magnifies willingness to dissolve relationships when facing partner-ideal discrepancies. Personal Relationships, 21(2), 272-287. DOI: 10.1111/pere.12031 [Download PDF]

Hammond, M.D., Sibley, C.G., & Overall, N.C. (2014). The allure of sexism: Narcissism fosters women’s endorsement of benevolent sexism over time. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 422-429. DOI: 10.1177/1948550613506124

Overall, N. C., Girme, Y.U., Lemay, E. P. Jr., & Hammond, M.D. (2014). Attachment anxiety and reactions to relationship threat: The benefits and costs of inducing guilt in romantic partners. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 235-256. DOI: 10.1037/a0034371 [Download PDF]

Peters, B.J., Overall, N. C., & Jamieson, J.P. (2014). Physiological and cognitive consequences of suppressing and expressing emotion in dyadic interactions. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 94, 100-107. DOI:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2014.07.015  [Download PDF]

Simpson, J.A., & Overall, N.C. (2014). Partner buffering of attachment insecurity. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23, 54-59. DOI: 10.1177/0963721413510933  [Download PDF]

Baker, L.T., McNulty, J., Overall, N.C., Lambert, N., & Fincham, F. (2013). How do relationship maintenance behaviors affect individual well-Being? A contextual perspective. Social and Personality Psychological Science, 4, 282-289. DOI: 10.1177/1948550612452891  [Download PDF]

Campbell, L., Overall, N.C., Rubin, H., & Lackenbauer, S.D. (2013). Inferring a partner’s ideal discrepancies: Accuracy, projection, and the communicative role of interpersonal behavior. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 217-233. DOI: 10.1037/a0033009  [Download PDF]

Girme, Y.U., Overall, N.C., & Simpson, J.A. (2013). When visibility matters: Short versus long term benefits of visible and invisible support. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 1441-1451. DOI: 10.1177/0146167213497802 [Download PDF]

Hammond, M.D., & Overall, N.C. (2013). Men’s hostile sexism and biased perceptions of intimate partners: Fostering dissatisfaction and negative behavior in close relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 1585-1599. DOI: 10.1177/0146167213499026  [Download PDF]

Hammond, M.D., & Overall, N.C. (2013). When Relationships do not live up to Benevolent Ideals: Women’s Benevolent Sexism and Sensitivity to Relationship Problems. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43, 212-223. DOI:10.1002/ejsp.1939  [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C. & Hammond, M.D. (2013). Biased and accurate: Depressive symptoms and daily perceptions within intimate relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 636-650. DOI: 10.1177/0146167213480188 [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C., Simpson, J.A., & Struthers, H. (2013). Buffering attachment avoidance: Softening emotional and behavioral defenses during conflict discussions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 854-871. DOI: 10.1037/a0031798  [Download PDF]

Lemay, E. P., Jr., Overall, N. C., & Clark, M. S. (2012). Experiences and interpersonal consequences of hurt feelings and anger. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 982-1006. DOI: 10.1037/a0030064  [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C., Fletcher, G.J.O., & Kenny, D.A. (2012). When bias and insecurity promote accuracy: Mean-level bias and tracking accuracy in couples’ conflict discussions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 642-655. DOI: 10.1177/0146167211432764  [Download PDF]

Tan, R., Overall, N.C., & Taylor, J.K. (2012). Let’s talk about us: Attachment, relationship-focused disclosure, and relationship quality. Personal Relationships, 19, 521-534. DOI:10.1111/j.1475-6811.2011.01383.x  [Download PDF]

Trayes, J., Harré, N., & Overall, N.C. (2012). A youth performing arts experience: Psychological experiences, recollections and the desire to do it again. Journal of Adolescent Research, 27, 155-182DOI: 10.1177/0743558411417867

Hira, S.N., & Overall, N. C. (2011). Improving intimate relationships: Targeting the partner versus changing the self. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 28, 610-633. DOI: 10.1177/0265407510388586  [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C., Deane, K.L., & Peterson, E.R. (2011). Promoting doctoral students’ research self-Efficacy: Combining academic guidance with autonomy support. Higher Education Research and Development, 30, 791-805. DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2010.535508 [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C., Sibley, C.G., & Tan, R. (2011). The costs and benefits of sexism: Resistance to influence during relationship conflict interactions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 271–290. DOI: 10.1037/a0022727 [Download PDF]

Sibley, C.G., & Overall, N.C. (2011). A dual-process motivational model of ambivalent sexism and gender differences in romantic partner preferences. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 35, 303-317. DOI: 10.1177/0361684311401838

Overall, N.C., Fletcher, G. J. O., & Simpson, J. A. (2010). Helping each other grow: Romantic partner support, self-improvement and relationship quality. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1496-1513. DOI: 10.1177/0146167210383045 [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C., & Fletcher, G.J.O. (2010). Perceiving regulation from intimate partners: Reflected appraisal and self-regulation processes in close relationships. Personal Relationships, 17, 433-456. DOI:10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01286.x [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C., & Sibley, C.G. (2010). Convergent and Discriminant Validity of the Accommodation Scale: Evidence from Three Diary Studies. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 299-304. DOI:10.1016/j.paid.2009.10.020 [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C., & Sibley, C.G., & Travaglia, L.K. (2010). Loyal but ignored: The benefits and costs of constructive communication behavior. Personal Relationships, 17, 127-148. DOI:10.1111/j.1475-6811.2010.01257 [Download PDF]

Sibley, C.G., & Overall, N.C. (2010). Modeling the hierarchical structure of personality-attachment associations: Domain diffusion versus domain differentiation. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 27, 47-70. DOI: 10.1177/0265407509346421 [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C., Fletcher, G. J. O., Simpson, J. A., & Sibley, C.G. (2009). Regulating partners in intimate relationships: The costs and benefits of different communication strategies. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 620-639. DOI: 10.1037/a0012961 [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C., & Sibley, C.G. (2009). When rejection-sensitivity matters: Regulating dependence within daily interactions with family and friends. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 1057-1070. DOI: 10.1177/0146167209336754 [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C., & Sibley, C.G. (2009). Attachment and dependence regulation within daily interactions with romantic partners. Personal Relationships, 16, 239-261. DOI:10.1111/j.1475-6811.2009.01221.x [Download PDF]

Sibley, C.G., Overall, N.C., & Duckitt, J., Perry, R., Milfont, T.L., Khan, S.S., Fischer, R., & Robertson, A. (2009). Your sexism predicts my sexism: Perceptions of men’s (but not women’s) sexism affects one’s own sexism over time. Sex Roles, 60, 682-693. DOI: 10.1007/s11199-008-9554-8 [Download PDF]

Travaglia, L.K., Overall, N.C., & Sibley, C.G. (2009). Hostile and benevolent sexism and preferences for romantic partners. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 599-604. DOI:10.1016/j.paid.2009.05.015 [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C., & Sibley, C.G. (2008a). When accommodation matters: Situational dependency within daily interactions with romantic partners. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 95-104. DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2007.02.005 [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C., & Sibley, C.G. (2008). Attachment and attraction toward romantic partners versus relevant alternatives within daily interactions. Personality and Individual Differences, 44, 1126-1137. DOI:10.1016/j.paid.2007.11.006 [Download PDF]

Sibley, C.G., & Overall, N.C. (2008). The boundaries between attachment and personality: Localized versus generalized effects in daily social interaction. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 1394-1407. DOI:10.1016/j.jrp.2008.06.004 [Download PDF]

Sibley, C.G., & Overall, N.C. (2008). Modeling the hierarchical structure of attachment representations: A test of domain differentiation. Personality and Individual Differences, 44, 238-249. DOI:10.1016/j.paid.2007.08.003 [Download PDF]

Sibley, C.G., & Overall, N.C. (2007). The boundaries between attachment and personality: Associations across three levels of the attachment network. Journal of Research in Personality, 41, 960-967. DOI:10.1016/j.jrp.2006.10.002 [Download PDF]

Sibley, C.G., Overall, N.C., & Duckitt, J. (2007). When women become more hostilely sexist toward their gender: The system-justifying effect of benevolent sexism. Sex Roles, 57, 743-754. DOI: 10.1007/s11199-007-9306-1 [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C., Fletcher, G. J. O., & Simpson, J.A. (2006). Regulation processes in intimate relationships: The role of ideal standards. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 662-685. DOI: 10.1037/0022-3514.91.4.662 [Download PDF]

Friesen, M.D., Fletcher, G.J.O., & Overall, N.C. (2005). A dyadic assessment of forgiveness in intimate relationships. Personal Relationships, 21, 61-77. DOI:10.1111/j.1350-4126.2005.00102.x [Download PDF]

Fletcher, G.J.O., Tither, J.M., O’loughlin, C., Friesen, M.D., & Overall, N.C. (2004). Warm and homely or cold and beautiful? Sex differences in trading off traits in mate selection. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 30, 659-672. DOI: 10.1177/0146167203262847 [Download PDF]

Overall, N.C., Fletcher, G.J.O., & Friesen, M.D. (2003). Mapping the intimate relationship mind: Comparisons between three models of attachment representations. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29, 1479-1493. DOI: 10.1037/0022-3514.91.4.662 [Download PDF]

Books

Fletcher, G.J.O., Simpson. J.A., Campbell, L., & Overall, N.C. (2013). The Science of Intimate Relationships. Wiley-Blackwell.

Book Chapters

Fletcher, G.J.O., Overall, N.C., & Friesen, M.D. (forthcoming). Social cognition in intimate relationships. In D. Perlman & A. Vangelisti (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Personal Relationships. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Hammond M. D., & Overall, N. C. (2016). Sexism in interpersonal contexts. In Sibley, C. G., & Barlow, F. K. (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of the Psychology of Prejudice. Cambridge University Press.

Overall, N.C., Girme, Y. U., & Simpson, J.A. (2016). The power of diagnostic situations: How support and conflict can foster growth and security. In C.R. Knee and H.T. Reis (Eds.), Positive Approaches to Optimal Relationship Development. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Simpson, J. A., Overall, N. C., Farrell, A. K. & Girme, Y. U. (2016). Partner regulation processes in close relationships. In K. D. Vohs & R. F. Baumeister (Eds.), Handbook of Self-Regulation (3rd Ed.). New York: Guilford.

Sillars, A., & Overall, N.C. (2016). Coding observed interaction. In D. Canary & A. VanLear (Eds.), Researching Communication Interaction Behavior: A Sourcebook of Methods and Measures (pp. 199-215). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Overall, N.C. & Lemay, E.P. (2015). Attachment and dyadic regulation processes. In J.A. Simpson and W.S. Rholes (Eds.), Attachment Theory and Research: New Directions and Emerging Themes. New York: Guilford.

Baker, L.T., McNulty, J.K., & Overall, N.C. (2014). When negative emotions benefit relationships. In W.G. Parrott (Ed.), The Positive Side of Negative Emotions (pp. 101-125). New York: Guilford.

Overall, N.C., & Simpson, J.A. (2013). Regulation processes in close relationships. In J.A. Simpson & L. Campbell (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Close Relationships (pp. 427-451). New York: Oxford University Press.

Overall, N.C. (2012). The costs and benefits of trying to change intimate partners. In P. Noller & G. Karantzas (Eds.), Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Couple and Family Relationships (pp. 234-247). Wiley-Blackwell.

Overall, N.C., Fletcher, G.J.O., & Tan, R. (2012). Feedback processes in intimate relationships: The costs and benefits of Partner Regulation Strategies. In R. M. Sutton, M. M. Hornsey, & K. M. Douglas (Eds.), Feedback: The Handbook of Praise, Criticism, and Advice (pp. 169-184). New York: Peter Lang.

Fletcher, G.J.O., & Overall N.C. (2010). Intimate relationships. In R. Baumeister & E.J. Finkel (Eds.), Advanced Social Psychology (pp. 461-494). Oxford: University Press.

Fitness, J., Fletcher, G. J. O., & Overall, N.C. (2007). Interpersonal Attraction and Intimate Relationships. In M. Hogg & J. Cooper (Eds.). Updated and revised version for the Concise Student Edition of the Sage Handbook of Social Psychology (pp. 219-240). London: Sage.

Fletcher, G.J.O., & Overall N.C. (2007). The self in intimate relationships: A social evolutionary account. In J. Forgas, M. Haselton, & W. Von Hippel (Eds.), The evolution of the social mind: Evolutionary psychology and social cognition (pp.195-209). Cambridge: University Press.

Fletcher, G.J.O., Overall, N.C., & Friesen, M.D. (2006). Social cognition in intimate relationships. In D. Perlman & A. Vangelisti (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Personal Relationships (pp. 353-368). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Fitness, J., Fletcher, G.J.O., & Overall, N.C. (2003). Interpersonal attraction and intimate relationships. In J. Cooper and M. Hogg (Eds.), Sage Handbook of Social Psychology (pp.258-278). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

 


 

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