Dr. Steven J. Heine is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Heine’s pioneering research has challenged key psychological assumptions in self-esteem, meaning, and the ways that people understand genetic constructs. He is the author of many acclaimed journal articles and books in the fields of social and cultural psychology including Cultural Psychology, the top-selling textbook in the field. In 2016, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Research interests include cultural psychology; the self; motivations; meaning; essentialistic thinking.
Dr. Heine’s secondary research area is Health.
Heine, S. J. (2020). Cultural Psychology. 4th Edition. New York: Norton.
Heine, S. J., Cheung, B. Y., & Schmalor, A. (2019). Making sense of genetics: The problem of essentialism. Hastings Center Report, 49, 3, S19-S26.
Randles, D., Benjamin, R. F., Martens, J. P., & Heine, S. J. (2018). Searching for answers in an uncertain world: Meaning threats lead to increased working memory capacity. PloS ONE, 13(10), e0204640.
Muthukrishna, M., Heine, S. J., Toyakawa, W., Hamamura, T., Kameda, T., & Henrich, J. (2018). Overconfidence is universal? Depends what you mean. PLoS ONE, 13(8), e0202288.
Rutjens, B., Heine, S. J., Sutton, R., & Van Harreveld, F. (2018). Attitudes towards science. In J. Olson (Ed.), Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 56 (pp. 125-165). Cambridge, MA: Academic Press.
Randles, D., Heine, S. J., Poulin, M., & Cohen-Silver, R. (2017). Experienced adversity in life is associated with polarized and affirmed political attitudes. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8, 652-659.
Heine, S. J. (2017). DNA is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship between You and Your Genes. New York: Norton.
- Royal Society of Canada Fellow (2016)
- Society of Experimental Social Psychology (2001 Fellow, 2011 Career Trajectory Award)
- American Psychological Association Award (2010)
- Association for Psychological Science Fellowship (2009)
- Society for Personality and Social Psychology Fellowship (2008)
- Killam Faculty Research Fellowship (2006)
- Killam Faculty Research Prize (2005)
- UBC Alumni Award for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (2005)
- Distinguished University Scholar (2004)
- International Society of Self and Identity Early Career Award (2002)
- Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies – Early Career Scholar (2001)
Dr. Heine is currently accepting graduate students.