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Adams, Gabrielle

Gabrielle Adams

Primary Appointment

Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

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Research Interests

Morality and ethical behavior Responses to injustice Social exchange and prosocial behavior

Research Description

I am a social psychologist who conducts research on interpersonal processes. Her main focus is on prosocial and antisocial exchange. A recent focus of my work has been on resolving interpersonal transgressions through offender punishment, victim compensation, apologies, and forgiveness. I also study prosocial behavior such as charitable donations and gift giving. My research has been published in journals such as Psychological Science; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. It has also been featured by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review. I have taught courses on leadership, power, and organizational politics; interpersonal and group dynamics; negotiations; and technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. I have also taught executive education programs for top management teams in both public and private sectors. In 2014 I was honored to be featured as one of the Poets & Quants? 40 Best Business School Professors Under 40. At UVA, I teach the Foundations of Behavioral Science course.

Selected Publications

Adams G S, Asymmetries between victims' and transgressors' perspectives following interpersonal transgressions, ; Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 10(12) 722-735 |

Adams GS, Inesi ME, Impediments to forgiveness: Victim and transgressor attributions of intent and guilt., 2016; Journal of personality and social psychology. 111(6) 866-881 PMID: 27537273 |

Adams Gabrielle S., Zou Xi , Inesi, M. E., Pillutla Madan M., Forgiveness is not always divine: When expressing forgiveness makes others avoid you, ; Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. 126(1) 130-141 |

Adams GS, Flynn FJ, Norton MI, The gifts we keep on giving: documenting and destigmatizing the regifting taboo., 2012; Psychological science. 23(10) 1145-50 PMID: 22915082 |

Adams GS, Mullen E, The social and psychological costs of punishing., 2012; The Behavioral and brain sciences. 35(1) 15-6 PMID: 22289304 |

O'Connor K, Adams GS, Affective antecedents of revenge., 2012; The Behavioral and brain sciences. 36(1) 29-30 PMID: 23211216 |

Bryan CJ, Adams GS, Monin B, When cheating would make you a cheater: implicating the self prevents unethical behavior., 2012; Journal of experimental psychology. General. 142(4) 1001-5 PMID: 23127418 |