Publications:

Vail, K. E., Arndt, J., Motyl, M., & Pyszczynski, T. (2009). Compassionate values and presidential politics: Mortality salience, compassionate values, and support for Barack Obama and John McCain in the 2008 Presidential election. Analysis of Social Issues and Public Policy. 9, 255-268.

Vail, K. E., Motyl, M., Abdollahi, A. & Pyszczynski, T. (2009). Dying to Live: Terrorism, War, and Defending One's Way of Life. In D. Antonius, A. D. Brown, T. K. Walters, J. M. Ramirez, & S. J. Sinclair (Eds.), Interdisciplinary Analyses of Terrorism and Political Aggression. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Motyl, M. S., Vail, K. E., & Pyszczynski, T. (2009). Waging terror: Psychological motivation in cultural violence and peacemaking. In M. Morgan (Ed.), The Impact of 9/11 on Psychology and Education. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Vail, K. E., & Motyl, M. S. (2010). Support for Diplomacy: Peacemaking and militarism as a unidimensional correlate of social, environmental, and political attitudes. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 16, 29-57.

Vail, K. E., Rothschild, Z. K., Weise, D., Solomon, S., Pyszczynski, T., & Greenberg, J. (2010). A terror management analysis of the psychological functions of religion. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 14, 84-94.

Pyszczynski, T., Vail, K. E., & Motyl, M. S. (2010). The cycle of righteous killing: Psychological forces in the prevention and promotion of peace. In T. Pick, A. Speckhard, & B. Jacuch (Eds.), Homegrown Terrorism: NATO Science for Peace and Security Series ¿ E: Human and Societal Dynamics. Amsterdam: IOS Press.

Vail, K. E., Arndt, J., Motyl, M. S., & Pyszczynski, T. (2012). The aftermath of destruction: Images of destroyed buildings increase support for war, dogmatism, and death thought accessibility. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1069-1081.

Vail, K. E., Juhl, J., Arndt, J., Vess, M. K., Routledge, C., & Rutjens, B. T. (2012). When death is good for life: Considering the positive trajectories of terror management. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 16, 303-329.

Pyszczynski, T., Motyl, M., Vail, K. E., Hirschberger, G., Arndt, J., & Kesebir, P. (2012). Drawing attention to global climate change decreases support for war. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 18, 354-368.

Vail, K. E., Arndt., J., & Abdollahi, A. (2012). Exploring the existential function of religion and supernatural agent beliefs among Christians, Muslims, Atheists and Agnostics. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 1288-1300.

Vail, K. E., Kosloff, S., Vess, M. K., & Ashish, D. (2012). Faith and finitude: Exhuming the death-denying function of religious belief. In P. McNamara & W. J. Wildman (Eds.), Science and the World¿s Religions. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Press.

Arndt, J., Landau, M. J., Vail, K. E., & Vess, M. (2013). An edifice for enduring personal value: A terror management perspective on the human quest for multi-level meaning (pp.49-70). In K. Markman, T. Proulx & M. Lindberg (Eds.), The Psychology of Meaning. Washington, DC: APA.

Arndt, J., Vail, K. E., Cox, C. R., Goldenberg, J. L., Piasecki, T. M., & Gibbons, F. X. (2013). The interactive effect of mortality reminders and tobacco craving on smoking topography. Health Psychology, 32, 525-532.

McCabe, S., Vail, K. E., Arndt, J., & Goldenberg, J. L. (2013). Multi-layered meanings in health decision making: A terror management health model analysis. In J. Hicks & C. Routledge (Eds.), The Experience of Meaning in Life: Classical Perspectives, Emerging Themes, and Controversies. New York: Springer Press.

McCabe, S., Vail, K. E., Arndt, J., & Goldenberg, J. L. (2014). Hails from the crypt: A terror management health model investigation of the effectiveness of health-oriented vs. celebrity-oriented endorsements. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 289-300.

McCabe, S., Arndt, J., Goldenberg, J. L., Vess, M., Vail, K. E., Gibbons, F. X. (2015). The effect of visualizing healthy eaters and mortality reminders on nutritious grocery purchases: An integrative terror management and prototype willingness analysis. Health Psychology, 34, 279-282.

Greenberg, J., Vail, K. E., & Pyszczynski, T. (2015). Terror management theory and research: How the desire for death transcendence drives our strivings for meaning and significance. (pp. 85-134) In A. Elliot (Ed.) Advances in Motivation Science. Academic Press

Sedikides, C., Wildschut, T., Routledge, C., Arndt, J., Hepper, E. G., Vail, K. E., et al. (2015). Nostalgia Fosters Self-Continuity: Uncovering the Mechanism (Social Connectedness) and Consequence (Eudaimonic Wellbeing). Emotion

Vail, K. E., & Juhl, J. (2015). An appreciative view of the brighter side of terror management processes. Social Sciences, 4, 1020-1045.