Name: Jia Wei Zhang
Description:Jia Wei Zhang received his BA from San Francisco State University in 2011 and is currently a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley. He is a recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Jia Wei’s research focuses on emotions – especially the psychosocial antecedents and consequences of awe, emotion regulation strategy (self-compassion) on coping with difficult life events (e.g., breakup and expressing romantic interests), time perspective and aging, and consumption (experiential purchases) and well-being.

Zhang, J.W., & Keltner, D. (2016). Awe and the Natural Environment. In H. S. Friedman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mental Health (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 131-134). Waltham, MA: Elsevier.

Piff, P. K., Zhang, J. W., & Keltner, D. On nature and prosocial behavior. In Bird, W., & van den Bosch, M. (Eds.), (2015). Nature and public health: The role of nature in improving the health of a population. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

Zhang, J. W., Howell, R. T., Caprariello, P.  A., & Guevarra, D. (2014). Damned if they do, damned if they don’t: Material buyers are not happier from material or experiential consumption. Journal of Research in Personality.

Cunningham, K., Zhang, J. W., & Howell, R. T. Time perspective and subjective well-being. A dual pathway framework. In Stolarski, M., Fieulaine, N. & VanBeek, V. (Eds.) (2014). Time perspective: Theory, research and application. New York, Spinger Science.

Zhang, J. W., Howell, R. T., & Iyer, R. (2014). Engagement with Natural Beauty Moderates the Positive Relation between Connectedness with Nature and Psychological Well-Being. Journal of Environmental Psychology.

Zhang, J. W., Piff, P. K., Iyer, R., Koleva, S., & Keltner, D. (2014). An occasion for unselfing: Beautiful nature leads to prosociality. Journal of Environmental Psychology37, 61-72.

Zhang, J. W., Howell, R. T., & Howell, C. J. Living in Wealthy Neighborhoods Increases Material Desires and Maladaptive Consumption.  Journal of Consumer Cultures. In Press.

Zhang, J. W., Howell, R. T., & Bowerman, T. Validating a brief measure of the Zimbardo Time Perspective Inventory. Time & Society. In Press.

Zhang, J.W., Howell, R. T., & Caprariello, P. A. Buying Life Experiences for the “Right” Reasons: A Validation of the Motivations for Experiential Buying Scale. Journal of Happiness Studies. 14, 817-842.

Zhang, J. W., Howell, R. T., & Stolarski, M. Comparing three methods to measure a balanced time perspective: The relationship between a balanced time perspective and subjective well-being. Journal of Happiness Studies. 14, 169-184.

Zhang, J. W., & Howell, R. T. (2011). Do time perspectives predict unique variances in life satisfaction beyond personality traits? Personality and Individual Differences 50 (8), pp. 1261–1266.