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Dan McAdams


Research Interests

Narrative psychology. The development of a life-story model of human identity. Generativity and adult development. Themes of power, intimacy, and redemption in human lives. Modernity and the self. Autobiographical memory. Psychological biography.

Selected Publications

McAdams, D. P.  (2015).  The art and science of personality development.  New York:  Guilford Press.

McAdams, D. P., & Guo, J.  (2015).  Narrating the generative life.  Psychological Science, 26, 475-483.

Manczak, E., Zapata-Gietl, C., & McAdams, D. P.  (2014).  Regulatory focus in the life story:  Prevention and promotion as expressed in three layers of personality.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 169-181.

McAdams, D. P.  (2013).  The psychological self as actor, agent, and author.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 8, 272-295.

McAdams, D. P.  (2011).  George W. Bush and the redemptive dream: A psychological portrait. New York: Oxford University Press.

McAdams, D. P.  (2009).  The person:  An introduction to the science of personality psychology (5th Ed.).  New York:  Wiley.

McAdams, D. P., Albaugh, M., Farber, E., Daniels, J., Logan, R. L., & Olson, B.  (2008).  Family metaphors and moral intuitions:  How conservatives and liberals narrate their lives.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 978-990.

McAdams, D. P., & Pals, J. L.  (2006).  A new Big Five:  Fundamental principles for an integrative science of personality.  American Psychologist, 61, 204-217.

McAdams, D. P.  (2006).  The redemptive self:  Stories Americans live by.  New York:  Oxford University Press.

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