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Barbara Woike

Associate Professor of Psychology

Barbara A. Woike, Associate Professor of Psychology, joined the Barnard faculty in 1995. Her teaching includes such courses as “Personality Psychology Lab and Lecture,” “Current Topics in Personality Psychology,” and “Health Psychology.”

Professor Woike's research interests include personality, the influence of motivation on memory, and autobiography. In her laboratory at Barnard, she studies how personality influences our perception of the social world. She has extensively researched the influence of motivation on the complexity with which people form impressions of others and of social situations, as well as how individuals remember their own experiences. She is currently investigating the role of perceptions of separateness and inter-connectedness in thinking about social problems such as threats to global ecology.  Another current research interest is the tension between love and work, that is: how women balance their goals for creating meaningful relationships and meaningful work.

Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. She has served as an Associate Editor of The Journal of Research in Personality and as a consulting editor for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology


Selected Publications:

The relationship between implicit and explicit motives, goal pursuit, and autobiographical memory content during a diary study.” (with M. Bender, C.A. Burke, & E.A.A. Dow), Journal of Research in Personality (2012 - in press).


"Learning and memory correlates of implicit motive" (with M. Bender),  Implicit
 Motives, eds. O.C. Schultheiss & J. C. Brunstein, (Cambridge University Press, 2010): 211-244.

“Implicit motivation as a way to understand cognitive processes” (with M. Bender), Social and Personality Psychology Compass (2009): 702-710. woike__bender_-_2009_-_implicit_motives_as_a_way_to_understand_cognitive_processes_sppc.pdf

 “Implicit motivational states influence memory: Evidence for motive by state-dependent learning in personality” (with M. Bender & N. Besner), Journal of Research in Personality 43, (2009) 39-48. woike_bender__besner_-_2009_-_implicit_motivational_states_influence_memory_jrp.pdf

“The state of the story in personality psychology,” Social and Personality Psychology Compass, Vol. 2 (2008): 434-443. compass_article.pdf

“A functional framework for the influence of implicit and explicit motives on autobiographical memory,” Personality and Social Psychology Review, Vol. 12 (2008): 99-117. pspr_2008_functional_framework.pdf

“Content coding of open-ended responses,” Handbook of Research Methods in Personality Psychology, eds. R. Robins, C. Fraley, & R. Krueger (Guilford Press, 2007): 292-307.  content_coding_of_open_ended_response.pdfcontent_coding_of_open_ended_response.pdf

“Motives” (with D.P. McAdams), Personality: Contemporary Theory and Research, 3rd edition, eds. Derlega, Winstead, & Jones (Wadsworth, 2005): 156-189.

“The role of motives in the organization of traumatic events in memory,” (with D. Matic), Journal of Personality Vol. 72 (2004): 633–657.

“Implicit and explicit motives influence accessibility to different autobiographical memories,” (with S. Mcleod, and M. Goggin), Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin Vol. 29 (2003): 1046–1055.

“The influence of implicit motives on memory,” (with E. Lavezzary and J. Barsky), Journal of Personality and Social Psychology Vol. 8 (2001): 935–945.

Academic Focus: 

Personality motivation, autobiographical memory, and social perception. 


(212) 854-5271


BA, Cleveland State University

MA, PhD, Michigan State University

In the News

Psychology professor Barbara Woike answers questions about perception and connections with complex global issues.