Ph.D., McGill University (2010)
B.Sc., McMaster University (2003)
Social Bases Of Behavior
Social Psychology, Interpersonal Relationships, Social Cognition, Motivation, Research Methods and Statistics
The overarching aim of my research is to explore the implications of the fundamental psychological need to belong (also called the need for relatedness or affiliation). This need to form and maintain satisfying connections with others has been and continues to be an important topic in psychology, and with good reason—our relationships and social ties are critical to our mental and physical well-being. 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.)? What are the implications of this motive conflict—called relational ambivalence—for our relationships and well-being? Second, how do momentary experiences (e.g. dating, getting social support) or chronic patterns (e.g. individual differences in attachment, self-esteem, rejection sensitivity, or social anxiety) of interpersonal connection or of social pain affect our feelings and motivations, and so our thoughts and behavior? I study these questions using many methods in the field (e.g. speed-dating, daily diaries) and the laboratory (e.g. social dilemmas, videotaped interactions).
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.
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McClure, M. J., Xu, J. H., Shrout, P. E. (2016). The What and the Why: A Bottom-up Approach to Understanding The Costs of Support Receipt. In Maximizing Social Support’s Benefits: The Who, When, What, Why and How. K. S. Zee & M. J. McClure, Chairs. Biennial Research Conference of the International Association for Relationships Research, Toronto, ON, Canada.
Chapman, S. R. & McClure, M. J. (2016). Autonomy and the Bigger Picture: Motivation and Cognition in Romantic Relationships. Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.
McClure, M. J., Xu, J. H., Shrout, P. E., & Bolger, N. (2015). Examining cognitive and affective reactions to received support in daily life. In Reconciling the costs and benefits of enacted social support: When, why, and for whom does receiving support lead to negative outcomes?. D.R. Marigold, Chair. Annual conference of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, Denver, CO.
Lapine, C. M., McClure, M. J., & Curtis, R. (2015). Text more and status update less: Associations between active technology use and romantic relationship quality. Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.
Xu, J. H., Shrout, P.E., McClure, M. J., & Bolger, N. (2015). The nature of support: What kinds of acts are perceived as support? In The benefits and costs of support in close relationships. J. A. Simpson, Chair. Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA.
McClure, M. J. & Lydon, J. E. (2014). Attachment anxiety compromises relational opportunities via problematic displays and behavior. In Going deeper and broader with the need to belong: Approach/avoidance conflict and interplay with other basic motivations. M. J. McClure, Chair. Biennial Research Conference of the International Association for Relationships Research, Melbourne, Australia.
Morningstar, M., McClure, M. J., Dirks, M. A., & Lydon, J. L. (2014). Insecure attachment styles predict verbal behaviours and pitch cues in social interactions. Annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.
Xu, J. H., McClure, M. J., Bolger, N., & Shrout, P. (2014). Possible mechanisms for the costs and benefits of support acts. In Perspectives on the costs and benefits of enacted support by relationship partners. P.E. Shrout, Chair. Annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, 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
Co-Chair, Local Organizing Committee, 2017 Mini-conference and New Scholars Workshop, International Association for Relationships Research, 2016-2017
Member, Teaching Committee, International Association for Relationships Research, 2016-2018