Nickola Overall

The primary goal of my research is to investigate how to overcome emotional, attachment and relationship difficulties to build healthy relationships and promote psychological wellbeing. 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.

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 am fellow of 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 Associate Editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes. I have also served as Associate Editor of Social Psychological and Personality Science (2013-2017) and Personal Relationships (2010-2013), and am on numerous editorial boards.

Please contact me if you would like more information about any of the below publications.


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Journal Articles

 Cross, E. J., Overall, N. C., Low, R. S. T., & Henderson, A. M. E. (online advance). Relationship problems, agreement and bias in perceptions of partners’ parental responsiveness, and family functioning. Journal of Family Psychology.

Girme, Y.U., Peters, B. J., Baker, L.R., Overall, N.C., Fletcher, G.J.O., Reis, H.T., Jamieson, J.P. & Sigal, M.J. (in press). Attachment anxiety and the curvilinear effects of expressive suppression on individuals’ and partners’ outcomes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Hammond, M.D. & Overall, N.C. (online advance). Men’s hostile sexism and biased perceptions of partners’ support: Underestimating dependability rather than overestimating challenges to dominance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Overall, N.C., Chang, V.T., Cross, E.J., Low, S.T., & Henderson, A.M.E. (in press). Sexist attitudes predict family-based aggression during a COVID-19 lockdown. Journal of Family Psychology.

Overall, N.C., Chang, V.T., Pietromonaco, P.R., Low, S.T. & Henderson, A.M.E. (online advance). Partners’ attachment insecurity and stress predict poorer relationship functioning during COVID-19 quarantines. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Pietromonaco, P.R. & Overall, N.C. (online advance). Applying relationship science to evaluate how the COVID-19 pandemic may impact couples’ relationships. American Psychologist.

Pietromonaco, P.R., Overall, N.C. & Power, S.I. (in press). Depressive symptoms, external stress, and marital adjustment: The buffering effect of partner’s responsive behavior. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Sasaki, E., Overall, N.C., Chang, V.T., & Low, R.S. T. (in press). A dyadic perspective of emotional suppression: Own or partner suppression weakens relationships. Emotion.

Waddell, N., Overall, N.C., Chang, V.T., & Hammond, M.D. (in press). Gendered Division of Labour during a Nationwide COVID-19 Lockdown: Implications for Relationship Problems and Satisfaction. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Brownhalls, J., Duffy, A., Erikkson, L., Overall, N.C., Sibley, C.G., Radke, H., & Barlow, F.K. (2021). Make it safe at night or teach women to fight? An investigation of sexism and gender specific interventions targeting men’s violence toward women. Sex Roles, 84,

Girme, Y.U., Jones, R.E., Fleck, C., Simpson, J.A., & Overall, N.C. (2021). Infants’ attachment insecurity predicts attachment-relevant emotion regulation patterns in adulthood. Emotion, 21,

Harrington, A., Overall, N.C., & Cross, E.J. (2021). Masculine gender role stress, low relationship power, and aggression toward intimate partners. Psychology of Men & Masculinities, 22,

Sasaki, E., & Overall, N.C. (2021). Partners’ Withdrawal when Actors Behave Destructively: Implications for Perceptions of Partners’ Responsiveness and Relationship Satisfaction. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 47, 307-323. doi/10.1177/0146167220926820

Pietromonaco, P.R., Overall, N.C., Beck, L.A., & Powers, S.I. (2020). Is low power associated with submission during marital conflict? Moderating roles of gender and traditional gender role beliefs. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 12, 165-175.

Fletcher, G.J.O., Overall, N.C., & Campbell, L. (2020). Reconsidering the “Best Practices” for testing the predictive validity of ideal standards: A response to Eastwick, Finkel, and Simpson (2018). Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46,

Hammond, M.D., Cross, E.J., & Overall, N.C. (2020). Sexist attitudes and intimate relationships: Relationship (in)security is central to the sources and outcomes of sexism. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 14, e12522.

Joel, S., Eastwick, P. W., et al. (2020). Machine learning uncovers the most robust self-report predictors of relationship quality across 43 longitudinal couples studies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117 (32), 19061-19071.

Lee, C.H.J., Overall, N.C., & Sibley, C.G. (2020). Maternal and paternal confidence in vaccine safety: Whose attitudes are predictive of children’s vaccination? Vaccine, 7057-7062.

Hammond, M.D. & Overall, N.C. (2020). Men’s hostile sexism and biased perceptions of partners’ support: Underestimating dependability rather than overestimating challenges to dominance. Personality and Social Psychology 

Overall, N.C. (2020). Behavioral variability reduces the harmful longitudinal effects of partners’ negative-direct behavior on relationship problems. Journal of Personality and Social

Overall, N.C., Clark, M.S., Fletcher, G.J.O., Peters, B.J., & Chang, V.T. (2020). Does expressing emotions enhance perceptual accuracy of negative emotions during relationship interactions? Emotion, 20, 353-367.

Peters, B.J., & Overall, N.C. (2020). Perceptions of romantic partners’ emotional suppression are more biased than accurate. Emotion, 20, 1485-1489.

Peters, B. J., Overall, N.C., Cameron, L.D., Hammond, M.D., Low, R.S.T., & Girme, Y.U. (2020). Do habitual emotional suppression measures predict response-focused situational suppression during social interactions? Emotion, 20, 1005-1019.

Sasaki, E., & Overall, N.C. (2020). A dyadic perspective of felt security: Does partners’ security buffer the effects of actors’ insecurity on daily commitment? International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 7411. doi:10.3390/ijerph17207411

Hammond, M.D., Cross, E.J., & Overall, N.C. (2020). Sexist attitudes and intimate relationships: Relationship (in)security is central to the sources and outcomes of sexism. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 14, e12522.

Sibley, C. G., Afzali, M. U., Satherley, N., Ejova, A., Stronge, S., Yogeeswaran, K., Grimshaw, M., Hawi, D., Mirnajafi, Z., Barlow, F. K., Milojev, P., Greaves, L. M., Kapeli, S., Zubielevitch, E., Hamley, L., Basabas, M. C., Wu, M. H., Howard, C., Lee, C. H. J., Huang, Y., Lockhart, C., Bahamondes, J., Manuela, S., Milfont, T. L., Perry, R., Sengupta, N. K., Overall, N. C., Shaver, J. H., Troughton, G., Osborne, D., & Bulbulia, J. (2020). Prejudice toward Muslims in New Zealand: Insights from the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 49, 48-72.

Sibley, CG., Greaves, L.M., Satherley, N, Wilson, M.S., Overall, N.C., Lee, C.H.J., Milojev, P., Bulbulia, J., Osborne, D., Milfont, T.L., Houkamau, C.A., Duck., I.M., Vickers-Jones, R., & Barlow, F.K. (2020). Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown on trust, attitudes towards government, and wellbeing. American Psychologist, 75(5), 618-630.

Cross, E.J., Overall, N.C., Low, R.S.T., & McNulty, J.K. (2019). Men’s hostile sexism, biased perceptions of low power, and aggression toward intimate partners. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 117, 338-363.

Cross, E. J., & Overall, N.C. (2019). Women experience more serious relationship problems when male partners endorse hostile sexism. European Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 1022-1041.

Girme, Y.U., Overall, N.C., & Hammond, M.D. (2019). Facilitating autonomy in interdependent relationships: Invisible support facilitates highly avoidant individuals’ autonomy. Journal of Family Psychology, 33, 154-165.

Jayamaha, S., & Overall, N.C. (2019). The dyadic nature of self-evaluations: Self-esteem and efficacy shape and are shaped by support processes in relationships. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10, 244-256.

Juarros-Basterretxea, J., Overall, N.C., Herrero, J.H., & Rodríguez-Díaz, F.J. (2019). Considering the effect of sexism on psychological intimate partner violence: A study with imprisoned men. European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context, 11, 61-69.

Karantzas, G.C., Simpson, J.A., Overall, N.C., & Campbell, L. (2019). The association between attachment orientations and partner evaluations: An ideal standards perspective. Personal Relationships, 26, 628-653.

Low, R.S.T., Overall, N.C., Cross, E.J., & Henderson, A.M.E. (2019). Emotion regulation, conflict resolution, and spillover on subsequent family functioning. Emotion, 19, 1162-1182.

Overall, N.C. (2019). Attachment insecurity and power regulation in intimate relationships. Current Opinion in Psychology, 25, 53-58.

Peters, B.J., Overall, N.C., Girme, Y.U., & Jamieson, J.P. (2019). Partners’ attachment insecurity predicts greater physiological threat in anticipation of attachment-relevant interactions. Journal of Social and Personal

Stronge, S., Overall, N.C., & Sibley, C.G. (2019). Gender differences in the associations between relationship status, social support, and wellbeing. Journal of Family Psychology, 33,

Arriaga, X.B., Kumashiro, M., Simpson, J.A., & Overall, N.C. (2018). Revising working models across time: Relationship situations that enhance attachment security. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 22, 71-96.

Arps, E.R., Friesen, M.D., & Overall, N.C. (2018). Promoting youth mental health via text-messages: New Zealand feasibility study. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 10,

Cameron, L.D., & Overall, N.C. (2018). Suppression and expression as distinct emotion-regulation processes in daily interactions: Longitudinal and meta-analyses.

Chang, V.T., Overall, N.C., Madden. H., & Low, R.S.T. (2018). Expressive suppression tendencies, projection bias in memory of negative emotions and wellbeing. Emotion. Online First.

Cross, E.J., & Overall, N.C. (2018). Women’s Attraction to Benevolent Sexism: Needing Relationship Security Predicts Greater Attraction to Men who Endorse Benevolent Sexism. European Journal of Social Psychology, 48, 336-347.

DixonH.C., & Overall, N.C. (2018). Regulating fears of rejection: Dispositional mindfulness attenuates the links between daily conflict, rejection fears and destructive relationship behaviors. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 35,

Girme, Y. U., Maniaci, M.R., Reis, H.T., McNulty, J.K., Carmichael, C.L., Gable, S.L., Baker, L.R., & Overall, N.C. (2018). Does support need to be seen to benefit relationships? Daily invisible support promotes next day relationship well-being. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 860-872.

Overall, N.C. (2018). Does partners’ negative-direct communication during conflict help sustain perceived commitment and relationship quality across time? Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Overall, N.C. & Hammond, M.D. (2018). How intimate relationships contribute to gender inequality: Sexist attitudes encourage women to trade-off career success for relationship security. Policy Insights from Behavioral and Brain

Russell, V.M., Baker, L.R., McNulty, J.K., & Overall, N.C. (2018). “You’re Forgiven, but Don’t Do It Again!” Direct Partner Regulation Buffers the Costs of Forgiveness. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 435-444.

Thompson, R.A., Overall, N.C., Cameron, L.D., & Low, R.S.T. (2018). Emotional suppression during relationship conflict: Regulating the risk of rejection via emotional suppression impedes conflict resolution. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 722-732.

Cross, E.J., Overall, N.C., Hammond, M.D., & Fletcher, G.J.O. (2017). When does Men’s Hostile Sexism Predict Relationship Aggression? The Moderating Role of Partner Commitment. Social Psychological and Personality

Hammond, M.D. & Overall, N.C. (2017). Intimate relationship dynamics reveal important causes, consequences and functions of sexist attitudes. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 26, 120-125.

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.

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 Psychology35, 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. doi:10.1111/pere.12128

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. DOI: 10.1037/pspi0000059

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, 20-36DOI: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 Psychology108(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 ScienceDOI: 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, 1180-1194DOI: 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, 54-59DOI: 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, 282-289DOI: 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, 854-871DOI: 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, 642-655DOI: 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, 610-633DOI: 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, 299-304DOI: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, 47-70DOI: 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, 1057-1070DOI: 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, 599-604DOI: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 Personality42, 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]


Fletcher, G.J.O., Simpson. J.A., Campbell, L., & Overall, N.C. (2019). The Science of Intimate Relationships. 2nd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell.

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

Book Chapters

Girme, Y.U. & Overall, N.C. (in press). A Functional Account of Multiple Internal Working Models: Flexibility in Ranking, Structure and Content across Contexts and Time. In R. A. Thompson, J. A. Simpson, & L. Berlin (Eds.), Attachment: The Fundamental Questions.

Nakamura, M.S., Simpson, J.A., & Overall, N.C. (2020). Partner buffering in intimate relationships: An attachment perspective. In Laura E. Vanderdrift, Christopher R. Agnew, and Ximena B. Arriaga (Eds.), Interdependence, Interaction, and Close Relationships (pp. 144-159). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Overall, N.C., & Cross, E.J. (2019). Attachment insecurity and the regulation of power and dependence in intimate relationships. In C.R. Agnew & J.J. Harmon (Eds.), Power in Close Relationships (pp. 28-54).  New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Fletcher, G.J.O., Overall, N.C., & Friesen, M.D. (in press). 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. (2017). Sexism in interpersonal contexts. In Sibley, C. G., & Barlow, F. K. (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of the Psychology of Prejudice (pp. 321-344).  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.

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