Dr Jason Martens

Lecturer in Psychology

School of Social Sciences

Dr Martens received his Masters and PhD from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. His Masters research focused on how existential anxieties can underlie support for Intelligent Design and aversion towards the theory of Evolution.

His PhD research was on the nonverbal pride expression, and it assessed how pride displays currently function to guide social learning by communicating who the experts are in a group. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and handbooks (e.g., PLoS ONE, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Cognition and Emotion, the Handbook of Narcissism and Narcissistic Personality Disorder, the Handbook of Positive Emotions, and others), and he has presented his research at international conferences (e.g., the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual meeting).

Much of Dr Martens’ research takes an evolutionary angle and often involves cross-cultural samples and diverse research methods. His research programs typically involve other experts from around the world, including the UK, Canada, the USA, the Netherlands, Fiji, and Japan.

Dr Martens joined the staff at Birmingham City University as a lecturer in Psychology in 2016. He previously taught and conducted research in Canada at the University of British Columbia and at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Areas of Expertise
  • Emotions
  • Narcissism
  • Status
  • Learning
  • Meaning
  • Anxieties and uncertainty
  • Culture
  • Evolution
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Association for Psychological Science

Martens, J. P. (in press). Meaning-maintenance as a learning strategy: Predictions for how expectation violations can influence classroom learning. Transformative Dialogues.

Martens, J. P. (2015). The social psychology of safe diving. Alert Diver Magazine, Fall, 58-59.

Tracy, J. L., Weidman, A. C., Cheng, J. T., & Martens, J. P. (2014). Pride: The fundamental emotion of success, power, and status. In Tugade, Shiota, & Kirby (Eds.), Handbook of positive emotion (pp. 294-310). New York: Guildford Publications.

Martens, J. P., & Tracy, J. L. (2013). The emotional origins of a social learning bias: Does the pride expression cue copying? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 4, 492-499.

Zhu, L., Martens, J. P., & Aquino, K. (2012). Third party responses to justice failure: An identity-based meaning maintenance model. Organizational Psychology Review, 2, 129-151.

Martens, J. P., Tracy, J. L., & Shariff, A. F. (2012). Status signals: Adaptive benefits of displaying and observing the nonverbal expressions of pride and shame. Cognition and Emotion, 26, 390-406.

Tracy, J. L., Cheng, J. T., Martens, J. P., Robins, R. W. (2011). The Emotional Dynamics of Narcissism: Inflated by Pride, Deflated by shame. In W. K. Campbell, & J. Miller (Eds.), Handbook of narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder. New York: Wiley.

Tracy, J. L., Hart, J., & Martens, J. P. (2011). Death and Science: The existential underpinnings of belief in intelligent design and discomfort with evolution. PLoS ONE, 6: e17349. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017349.