Hello! I am a Postdoctoral Research Scientist working with Professor Niall Bolger at Columbia University and Professor Patrick Shrout at New York University. I received my PhD from McGill University, working with Professor John Lydon.
The overarching theme of my research is an exploration of the fundamental psychological need to belong. I am particularly interested in two interconnected questions: How do we reconcile our desire to connect with others with the similarly deep-seated desire to protect the self from social pain (e.g., rejection, ostracism)? And how do acute or chronic experiences of social pain affect our feelings and motivations, and so our thoughts and behaviour? Much of my work has examined interpersonal experience through the lens of attachment theory, and in the contexts of relationship initiation or mixed-motive conflicts.
- Close Relationships
- Helping, Prosocial Behavior
- Interpersonal Processes
- Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Nonverbal Behavior
- Person Perception
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Self and Identity
- Social Cognition
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- Birnie, C., McClure, M. J., Lydon, J. E., & Holmberg, D. (2009). Attachment avoidance and commitment aversion: A script for relationship failure. Personal Relationships, 16, 79-97.
- McClure, M. J., Bartz, J. A., & Lydon, J. E. (in press). Uncovering and overcoming ambivalence: The role of chronic and contextually activated attachment in two-person social dilemmas. Journal of Personality.
- McClure, M. J., Lydon., J. E., Baccus, J., & Baldwin, M. W. (2010). A signal detection analysis of chronic attachment anxiety at speed-dating: Being unpopular is only the first part of the problem. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1024-1036.
- Milyavskya, M., McClure, M. J., Ma, D., Koestner, R., & Lydon, J. E. (2011). Attachment moderates the effects of autonomy-supportive and controlling interpersonal primes on intrinsic motivation. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Sciences.
- Psychology of Close Relationships
- Social Psychology
M. Joy McClure
Department of Psychology
Columbia University, 406 Schermerhorn Hall
1190 Amsterdam Avenue, MC 5501
New York, New York 10027
- Phone: (212) 854-0127
- Fax: (212) 854-3609