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Camille Johnson

Camille Johnson

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I have spent the last few years attempting to address fundamental questions regarding behavior changes in response to more successful others: Do they encourage us to follow in their footsteps or forge our own paths? When do we integrate the success of others into our own self-concepts? How does this integration change our behavior? When do more successful others lead us to more successful in our own endeavors?

My primary line of research focuses on social comparisons and performance. In my earlier work, I focused on demonstrating that comparisons to more successful others that lead to uncomfortable or aversive feelings also lead to better performance outcomes, whereas comparisons that lead to feelings of inspiration or admiration do not. Having developed a theory of social comparison and behavior, I now focus on other aspects of social comparisons. For example, I have examined how individuals high in personal power seek and respond to social comparison information. This has important implications for individuals in organizations. Social comparisons provide information about people's relative status and abilities, and therefore the likelihood of their success at various endeavors. If individuals fail to take into account the diagnostic information offered by comparison targets, then they may be inaccurate in their estimates of risk.

Other lines of research include work on interracial interactions and the academic consequences associated with being a first-generation college student.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Other Publications:

  • Johnson, S. K., & Johnson, C. S. (2009). The secret life of mood: Unconscious mood in work contexts. Research on Emotions in Organizations, 5.

Courses Taught:

  • Applied Organizational Behavior
  • Fundamentals of Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Leadership
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences

Camille Johnson
College of Business
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, California 95192-0070
United States

  • Phone: (408) 924-3416

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