Ph.D., McGill University (2010)
B.Sc., McMaster University (2003)
S/T: Social Psychology
Social Psychology, Interpersonal Relationships, Social Cognition, Motivation, Research Methods and Statistics
The overarching theme of my research is the fundamental psychological need to belong. I am particularly interested in two interconnected questions: First, how do we reconcile our desire to connect with others with the similarly deep-seated desire to protect the self from social pain (e.g. rejection, ostracism, etc.)? Second, how do acute or chronic experiences of social pain affect our feelings and motivations, and so our thoughts and behavior? Much of my work has examined interpersonal experience through the lens of attachment theory. I have pursued and am pursuing these issues in several lines of research: How does chronic interpersonal insecurity affect relationship initiation? How does motivational ambivalence between the desire to connect and the desire to self-protect affect cognition and behavior? How is the need to belong organized with respect to other fundamental psychological needs, such as competence and autonomy? And finally, how are our interpersonal relationships implicated in stress and well-being processes? I use a multi-method approach, incorporating work in the field (e.g. speed-dating, daily diaries) and the laboratory (e.g. social dilemma games, videotaped interactions with confederates). I have examined a variety of outcomes (e.g. self-report, overt behavior, physiological reactivity) using a variety of statistical techniques (e.g. mediation, multilevel modeling).
Baldwin, M. W., Lydon, J. E., McClure, M. J., & Etchison, S. (2010). Measuring implicit processes in close relationships. In Bertram Gawronski & Keith Payne (Eds.). Handbook of Implicit Social Cognition. (pp. 426-444). New York: Guilford.
Lydon, J. E., McClure, M. J., & Linardatos, L. (2009). Commitment: Predictors and Outcomes. In Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
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McClure, M. J., Xu, J. H., Craw, J. P., Lane, S. P., Bolger, N., & Shrout, P. E. (2014), Understanding the costs of support transactions in daily life. Journal of Personality, 82, 563-574.
McClure, M. J., & Lydon, J. E. (2014), Anxiety doesn’t become you: How attachment anxiety compromises relational opportunities. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 89-111.
McClure, M. J., Bartz, J. A., & Lydon, J. E. (2013), Uncovering and overcoming ambivalence: The role of chronic and contextually activated attachment in two-person social dilemmas. Journal of Personality, 81, 103-117.
Milyavskya, M., McClure, M. J., Ma, D., Koestner, R., & Lydon, J. E. (2012), Attachment moderates the effects of autonomy-supportive and controlling interpersonal primes on intrinsic motivation. . Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 44, 278-287.
McClure, M. J., Lydon., J. E., Baccus, J., & Baldwin, M. W. (2010), A signal detection analysis of the anxiously attached at speed-dating: Being unpopular is only the first part of the problem. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36, 1024-1036.
Birnie, C., McClure, M. J., Lydon, J. E., & Holmberg, D. (2009), Attachment avoidance and commitment aversion: A script for relationship failure. Personal Relationships, 16, 79–97.
McClure, M. J. (2014, July). Speed-dating: Questions, Methods, and Analyses. Workshop presented to the Nickola Overall Relationship and Interpersonal Processes Lab, School of Psychology, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.
McClure, M. J. & Lydon, J. E. (2014). Attachment anxiety compromises relational opportunities via problematic displays and behavior. In International Association for Relationships Research. Biennial Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
Xu, J. H., McClure, M. J., Bolger, N., & Shrout, P. (2014). Possible mechanisms for the costs and benefits of support acts. In Association for Psychological Science. 26th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.
Honors and Accomplishments
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), 2010-2012
Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2006-2009
Master’s Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2004-2005