.Christopher Oveis - Assistant Professor, Rady School of Management, UCSD


Christopher Oveis

Christopher Oveis is an Assistant Professor at UC San Diego's
Rady School of Management. He conducts research on
emotion, power, and social behavior.




Articles and Chapters:

Under review/revision

Oveis, C., Kogan, A., Liu, M. Y., & Keltner, D. Laughter conveys status.

Stellar, J., Cohen, A. B., Oveis, C., & Keltner, D. Affective and physiological responses to the suffering of others: Compassion and vagal activity.

Van Kleef, G. A., Oveis, C., Homan, A., van der Löwe, I., & Keltner, D. Power gets you high: The powerful are more inspired by themselves than by others.


Kouchaki, M., Oveis, C., & Gino, F. (in press). Guilt enhances the sense of control and drives risky judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. [Download]

*Kogan, A., *Oveis, C., Carr, E. W., Gruber, J., Mauss, I. B., Shallcross, A., Impett, E. A., van der Lwe, I., Hui, B., Cheng, C., & Keltner, D. (in press). Vagal activity is quadratically related to prosocial traits, prosocial emotions, and observer perceptions of prosociality. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. [*AK and CO contributed equally] [Download]

Kraus, M. W., Oveis, C., Logli-Allison, M., Young, R., Tauer, J., & Keltner, D. (in press). Teasing, taunting, and the politics of politeness: High sociometric status is associated with expectation-consistent behavior. PLoS ONE.


Carr, E. W., Winkielman, P., & Oveis, C. (2014). Transforming the mirror: Power fundamentally changes facial responding to emotional expressions. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143, 997-1003. [Download]

Impett, E. A., Le, B., Kogan, A., Oveis, C., & Keltner, D. (2014). When you think your partner is holding back: The costs of perceived partner suppression during relationship sacrifice. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 542-549. [Download]

Saslow, L. R., McCoy, S., van der Lwe, I., Cosley, B., Vartan, A., Oveis, C., Keltner, D., Moskowitz, J. T., & Epel, E. S. (2014). Speaking under pressure: Low linguistic complexity is linked to high physiological and emotional stress reactivity. Psychophysiology, 51, 257-266. [Download]

Dutra, S. J., West, T. V., Impett, E. A., Oveis, C., Kogan, A., Keltner, D., & Gruber, J. (2014). Rose-colored glasses gone too far? Mania symptoms predict biased emotion experience and perception in couples. Motivation and Emotion, 38, 157-165. [Download]


Sherman, G. D., Lee, J. J., Cuddy, A. J. C., Renshon, J., Oveis, C., Gross, J. J., & Lerner, J. S. (2012). Leadership is associated with lower levels of stress. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 17903-17907. [Download]

Gordon, A. M., Impett, E. A., Kogan, A., Oveis, C., & Keltner, D. (2012). To have and to hold: Appreciation promotes romantic relationship maintenance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 103, 257-274. [Download]

Impett, E. A., Kogan, A., English, T., John, O. P., Oveis, C., Gordon, A. M., & Keltner, D. (2012). Suppression sours sacrifice: Emotional and relational costs of suppressing emotions in romantic relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 707-720. [Download]


Kogan, A., Saslow, L., Impett, E. A., Oveis, C., Keltner, D., & Rodrigues, S. (2011). A thin-slicing study of the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene and the evaluation and expression of the prosocial disposition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108, 19189-19192. [Download]

Ct, S., Kraus, M. W., Cheng, B. H., Oveis, C., van der Lwe, I., Lian, H., & Keltner, D. (2011). Social power facilitates the effect of prosocial orientation on empathic accuracy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 217-232. [Download]

Horberg, E. J., Oveis, C., & Keltner, D. (2011). Emotions as moral amplifiers: An appraisal tendency approach to the influences of distinct emotions upon moral judgment. Emotion Review, 3, 237-244. [Download]

Gruber, J., Oveis, C., Keltner, D., & Johnson, S. L. (2011). A discrete emotions approach to positive emotion disturbance in depression. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 40-52. [Download]


Oveis, C., Horberg, E. J., & Keltner, D. (2010). Compassion, pride, and social intuitions of self-other similarity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 618-630. [Download]

Impett, E. A., Gordon, A. M., Kogan, A., Oveis, C., Gable, S. L., & Keltner, D. (2010). Moving toward more perfect unions: Daily and long-term consequences of approach and avoidance goals in romantic relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 948-963. [Download]

Kogan, A., Impett, E. A., Oveis, C., Hui, B., Gordon, A. M., & Keltner, D. (2010). When giving feels good: The intrinsic benefits of sacrifice in romantic relationships for the communally motivated. Psychological Science, 21, 1918-1924. [Download]


Horberg, E. J., Oveis, C., Keltner, D., & Cohen, A. B. (2009). Disgust and the moralization of purity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 963-976. [Download]

Oveis, C., Gruber, J., Keltner, D., Stamper, J. L., & Boyce, W. T. (2009). Smile intensity and warm touch as thin slices of child and family affective style. Emotion, 9, 544-548. [Download]

Oveis, C., Cohen, A. B., Gruber, J., Shiota, M. N., Haidt, J., & Keltner, D. (2009). Resting respiratory sinus arrhythmia is associated with tonic positive emotionality. Emotion, 9, 265-270. [Download]


Van Kleef, G. A., Oveis, C., van der Löwe, I., LuoKogan, A., Goetz, J., & Keltner, D. (2008). Power, distress, and compassion: Turning a blind eye to the suffering of others. Psychological Science, 19, 1315-1322. [Download]

Gruber, J., Johnson, S. L., Oveis, C., & Keltner, D. (2008). Risk for mania and positive emotional responding: Too much of a good thing? Emotion, 8, 23-33. [Download]


Keltner, D., & Oveis, C. (2007). Elevation. In R. F. Baumeister & K. D. Vohs (Eds.), Encyclopedia of social psychology (Vol. 1, p. 283). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. [Download]


Keltner, D., Horberg, E. J., & Oveis, C. (2006). Emotional intuitions and moral play. Social Justice Research, 19, 208-217. [Download]

Keltner, D., Horberg, E. J., & Oveis, C. (2006). Emotions as moral intuitions. In J. P. Forgas (Ed.), Affect in social thinking and behavior (pp. 161-175). New York: Psychology Press. [Download]

Contact Info:

Christopher Oveis
Rady School of Management
University of California, San Diego
Wells Fargo Hall 4W120, MC 0553
La Jolla, CA 92093
Email: coveis@ucsd.edu
Phone: 858-822-7469
Fax: 858-534-0745