Seth Kaplan

George Mason University

Associate Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology



Our lab investigates two main topics . . .

  • Employee psychological well-being
  • Team dynamics in non-routine and crisis-like scenarios

Here are some current projects in these two areas. . .

1) How can employees make their jobs more meaningful?

We are evaluating interventions to help employees improve their workplace emotions and sense of job-related meaningfulness.

2) The effects of implicit affect on task performance

Xiaoxiao Hu is doing some really interesting work examining how implicit affect (affect that arises outside of conscious awareness) impacts how we feel about work tasks and how we perform on those tasks.

3) How can we train leaders to help employees manage their emotions?

We are investigating what leaders can do to help employees manage their emotions and how we can train leaders in this area.

4) How should teams communicate during crises?

Mary Waller, Lillian Su and I are examining the patterns of communication associated with greater versus lesser team effectiveness in crisis-like scenarios. We currently are examining this topic in settings including trauma teams, mine rescue teams, and aviation crews.


Graduate Students

I am fortunate enough to advise three wondeful students!

Martin Biskup

Carolyn Winslow

Ronald Vega

and to have advised two wonderful students in the past!

Xiaoxiao Hu completed her doctoral dissertation in 2012 and now is an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University.

Alicia Stachowski completed her doctoral dissertation in 2011 and now is an Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Stout.


Recent Representative Publications

Hu, X. & Kaplan, S. The effects of unconsciously derived affect on task satisfaction and performance. Paper in press at Journal of Business and Psychology.

Hu, X., Kaplan, S., Wei, F. & Vega, R. Employees’ metaperceptions of supervisor ratings on job performance. Paper in press at Psychologist-Manager Journal.

Kaplan, S. Bradley-Geist, J., Ahmad, A., Anderson, A., Hargrove, A., & Lindsey, A. A test of two positive psychology interventions to increase employee well-being. Paper in press at Journal of Business and Psychology.

Hersch, R., Cook, R.F., Bilings, D.W., Kaplan, S., Murray D., Safren S., Goforth J.,& Spencer J. Test of a web-based program to improve adherence to HIV/AIDS medications. Paper in press at AIDS and Behavior.

Kaplan, S., Luchman, J.N., & Mock, L. General and specific question sequence effects in satisfaction surveys: Integrating directional and correlational effects. Paper in press at Journal of Happiness Studies.

Kaplan, S.A., LaPort, K., & Waller, M.J. (2013). The role of positive affect in team performance during crises. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34, 473-491.

Kaplan, S.A. & Stachowski, A., & Bradley-Geist, J. (2012). A classroom activity to demonstrate self-other (dis)agreement in personality judgments. Teaching of Psychology, 39, 213-216.

Luchman, J.N., Kaplan, S. & Dalal, R.(2012). Getting older and getting happier with work: An information-processing explanation. Social Indicators Research, 108, 535-552.

Barsky, A.P., Kaplan, S.A., & Beal, D. (2011). Just feelings?: The role of affect in the formation of organizational fairness judgments. Journal of Management, 37,248-279.

Hu, X., Kaplan, S., & Dalal, R. (2010). An examination of blue- versus white-collar workers' conceptualizations of job satisfaction facets. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 317-325.

Kaplan, S.A., Cortina, J., & Ruark, G. A. (2010). Ooops. . . . We did it again: IO’s focus on EI instead of on its relationships to work outcomes. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 3, 171-177.

Kaplan, S., & Tetrick, L.E. (2010). Accidents: An industrial organizational psychology perspective. In S. Zedeck (Ed.), APA handbook of industrial and organizational psychology (pp. 455-472). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Kaplan, S., Stahowski, A., Hawkins, L., Kurtessis, J. (2010). Canaries in the coalmine: On the measurement and correlates of organizational threat recognition. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 19, 587-614.

Wheeler Poms, L., Bostford, W., Kaplan, S.A., Buffardi, L.C., & O’Brien, A.S. (2009). The economic impact of work and family issues: Childcare satisfaction and financial considerations of employed mothers. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 14, 402-413.

Kaplan, S.A., Santuzzi, A., & Ruscher, J.B. (2009). Elaborative metaperceptions in outcome-dependent situations: The diluted relationship between default self-perceptions and metaperceptions. Social Cognition, 27, 601-614.

Kaplan, S.A., Warren, C.R., Thoresen, C.J., & Barsky, A.P. (2009). A note on the relationship between affect(ivity) and job satisfaction: Some unexpected meta-analytic findings. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 18, 29-54.

Kaplan, S., Bradley, J.C., Luchman, J.N., & Haynes, D. (2009). On the role of positive and negative affectivity in job performance: A meta-analytic investigation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 162-162-176.

Stachowski, A., Kaplan, S.A., & Waller, M.J. (2009). The benefits of flexible team interaction during crises. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 1536-1543.



Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Academy of Management

American Psychological Association

George Mason Univerity

George Mason Univeristy I/O

Tulane University