Rick Hoyle

Rick Hoyle

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1988

  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1986

  • B.A., Appalachian State University 1983


Research interests include (1) The foundations of self-esteem. This includes an interest in the interplay of self-evaluations across different domains (e.g., appearance, social life), processes of self-attention and self-regulation as they are implicated in the maintenance of self-esteem, and the influence of social acceptance and rejection on self-esteem processes. (2 )The role of personality in problem behavior. Particular interest in how prevention interventions can be designed to capitalize on the link between certain personality dimensions (e.g., sensation seeking) and problem behaviors (e.g., use of illicit drugs, sexual risk taking). (3) Strategic applications of structural equation modeling and related techniques for the purpose of modeling complex processes that unfold over time. Particular focus on measurement and design issues relevant for models that include mediated and moderated effects.


Self-regulation, personality, adolescent problem behavior, research methods

Hoyle, RH, Insko, CA, and Moniz, AJ. "Self-esteem, evaluative feedback, and preacquaintance attraction: Indirect reactions to success and failure." Motivation and Emotion 16.2 (1992): 79-101. Full Text

Hoyle, RH, and Lennox, RD. "Latent Structure of Self-Monitoring." Multivariate Behavioral Research 26.3 (July 1991): 511-540. Full Text

Bollen, KA, and Hoyle, RH. "Perceived Cohesion: A Conceptual and Empirical Examination." Social Forces 69.2 (December 1, 1990): 479-504. Full Text

Renner, BR, DeVellis, BM, Ennett, ST, Friedman, CP, Hoyle, RH, Crowell, WM, and Winfield, JB. "Clinical rheumatology training of primary care physicians: The resident perspective." Journal of Rheumatology 17.5 (1990): 666-672.

Insko, CA, Schopler, J, Hoyle, RH, Dardis, GJ, and Graetz, KA. "Individual-Group Discontinuity as a Function of Fear and Greed." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 58.1 (1990): 68-79.

LaPrelle, J, Hoyle, RH, Insko, CA, and Bernthal, P. "Interpersonal attraction and descriptions of the traits of others: Ideal similarity, self similarity, and liking." Journal of Research in Personality 24.2 (1990): 216-240.

Insko, CA, Hoyle, RH, Pinkley, RL, Hong, G-Y, Slim, RM, Dalton, B, Lin, Y-HW, Ruffin, PP, Dardis, GJ, Bernthal, PR, and Schopler, J. "Individual-group discontinuity: The role of a consensus rule." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 24.6 (1988): 505-519.

Meece, JL, Blumenfeld, PC, and Hoyle, RH. "Students' Goal Orientations and Cognitive Engagement in Classroom Activities." Journal of Educational Psychology 80.4 (1988): 514-523.

Insko, CA, Pinkley, RL, Hoyle, RH, Dalton, B, Hong, G, Slim, RM, Landry, P, Holton, B, Ruffin, PF, and Thibaut, J. "Individual versus group discontinuity: The role of intergroup contact." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 23.3 (May 1987): 250-267. Full Text