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Brian Little

Distinguished Research Professor

Degrees:Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley
Website:Dr. Brian Little's Website

Research Interests

Personal projects analysis as a framework for integration in personality science; exploring the implications of “free traits”, patterns of culturally scripted conduct, that advance our core projects. Research within a social ecological model of human flourishing and floundering. The causes, correlates and consequences of
aesthetic chills.

Recent Publications

Little, B. R., Salemla-Aro, K & Phillips, S.D. (Eds.) (2007). Personal project pursuit: Goals, action and human flourishing. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Little, B.R. (2005). Personality science and personal projects: Six impossible things before breakfast. Journal of Research in Personality, 39, 4-21.

Little, B. R. & Chambers, N. C. (2004). Personal project pursuit: On human doings and well beings. In M. Cox & E. Klinger (Eds.), Handbook of motivational counseling: Concepts, approaches and assessment (pp.65-82).Chichester, U.K.: Wiley.

Little, B. R. (2000a). Free traits and personal contexts: Expanding a social ecological model of well-being. In W.B. Walsh, K. H. Craik & R.

Price (Eds.), Person environment psychology (2nd edition) (pp.87-116).  New York: Guilford.

Little, B. R. (2000b). Persons, contexts and personal projects:  Assumptive themes of a methodological transactionalism. In S.Wapner, J. Demick, T. Yamamoto, & H.Minami (Eds.), Theoretical persectives in environment-behavior research (pp.79-88). New York: Plenum

Little, B. R. (1999a) Personal projects and social ecology: Themes and variations across the life span. In J. Brandtstadter & R. M. Lerner (Eds.), Action and self-development: Theory and research through the life span (pp.197-221). Thousand Oaks, CA:Sage.

Little, B. R. (1999b) Personality and motivation: Personal action and the conative evoluation. In L. A. Pervin and O. P. John (Eds.), Handbook of personality theory and research. (2nd ed., pp.501-524)).
New York: Guilford.

Little, B. R. (1998). Personal project pursuit: Dimensions and dynamics of personal meaning. In P.T. P. Wong & P. S. Fry (Eds.), The human question for meaning: A handbook of psychological research and clinical applications (pp. 193-212). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

McGregor, I. & Little, B. R. (1998). Personal projects, happiness and
meaning: On doing well and being yourself. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74, 494-512.