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Bailis, Daniel S.

Professor, Psychology

Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging


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Keyword Discipline

Social Psychology

Behavioral/Social Sciences

Research Description

My research examines lifestyle decisions that contribute to population health and well-being, and the social psychological and personality factors behind those decisions. I especially draw upon theories in social and personality psychology that address the interplay of action and identity – where identity is examined as a cause, consequence, and sometimes an object to be shielded from our actions and decisions.

Within the Action and Identity Lab at the University of Manitoba, I have used this approach to study topics in the psychology of health and aging, such as self-rated health, physical activity, goal conflict, perceived control, social comparison, and collective self-esteem. I am currently working on several projects to investigate how personal decision-making is related to individual differences in self-compassion.

These projects build upon our current understanding of how self-compassion relates to mental processing of past events, and they pivot toward a new understanding of how self-compassion relates to mental processing of the future – i.e., the prospects of gains and losses that have not happened yet. Using survey and experimental research designs together with applied multivariate statistics, my students and I are investigating consequences of self-compassion for risky decision-making related to consumerism, gambling, lifestyle change, and sport injury rehabilitation.

Teaching Description

PSYC 2540 Social Psychology

PSYC 3340 Design and Analysis for Psychological Experiments

PSYC 3530 Health Psychology

PSYC 4520 Honours Research Seminar

PSYC 4562/7190 Social Psychology and Health

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