Department of Psychology
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Derrick Wirtz, Ph.D.

Derrick Wirtz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Office: Rawl 316
Phone: 252-328-1376
Fax: 252-328-6283

Mailing Address:

104 Rawl Building
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Willing to consider taking a doctoral student this year: No


Ph.D., Social & Personality Psychology,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A., Social & Personality Psychology,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests:

Dr. Wirtz conducts research on emotion, culture, and everyday judgment - with an emphasis on happiness, or subjective well-being. His research interests include the influence of culture on well-being and conceptions of the "good life," cultural differences in the self, and the experience and recall of affective events.

Selected publications in peer refereed journals:

Wirtz, D., & Scollon, C. N. (2012). Culture, visual perspective, and the effect of material success on perceived life quality. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Wirtz, D., Chiu, C., Diener, E., & Oishi, S. (2009). What constitutes a good life? Cultural differencesin the role of positive and negative affect in subjective well-being. Journal of Personality, 77,1167-1195.

Wirtz, D., & Chiu, C. (2008). Perspectives on the self in the East and West: Searching for the "subdued" ego. In H. Wayment & J. Bauer (Eds.), Transcending Self-Interest: Psychological Explorations of the Quiet Ego. American Psychological Association.

Kruger, J., Wirtz, D., & Miller, D. T.  (2005). Counterfactual thinking and the first instinct fallacy.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 725-735.

Wirtz, D., Kruger, J., Scollon, C. N., & Diener, E.  (2003). What to do on spring break? The role of predicted, on-line, and remembered experience in future choice. Psychological Science, 14, 520-524.