Anger & Traffic Psychology LabDirector: Eric R. Dahlen, Ph.D.

Director: Eric R. Dahlen, Ph.D.

The Anger & Traffic Psychology Lab


At the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi, we conduct basic and applied psychological research on dysfunctional anger, overt and relational aggression, and clinical traffic psychology. Within these domains, much of our work focuses on the role of personality. For example, we are currently exploring the role of broad models of personality (e.g., the Five Factor Model) and a number of "dark personality" variables (e.g., psychopathy, narcissism) in relational aggression. We also study a range of social-cognitive and affective factors (e.g., empathy, social anxiety, beliefs about the acceptability of aggression, driving anger). For more information, please see our Research page.
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News From the Lab

Current Projects

Development of a self-report measure of proactive and reactive relational aggression for use with college students

The HEXACO model of personality and Dark Triad in relational aggression

Refinement of the Attitudes Toward Anger Management Scale

Personality and relational aggression in college students: The role of social anxiety and rejection sensitivity

Future Plans

Examples of anticipated projects now in the planning phase include studies of "dark personality" variables in aggressive driving, the potential role of bullying victimization in relational aggression, the assessment of cyber-aggression, and interpersonal jealousy in college students' peer relationships.