Inequality is a defining characteristic of all social organization. But, too high, and it can be damaging to social, environmental, and economic relations and sustainability. My research is focused on understanding psychological causes and consequences of inequality, disparity, and relative (dis)advantage. I am particularly interested in understanding these influences in the domains of decision-making (risk-taking), health and well-being (mental health, gambling), and power/politics/ethics (antisocial conduct, political attitudes).

I am interested in both basic and applied research questions, and my work is purposefully interdisciplinary, drawing from diverse literatures in organizational and social psychology, as well as from related behavioral disciplines like economics, cognitive science, and biology.

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Journal Articles

Mishra, S., Beshai, S., Wuth, A., & Refaie, N. (in press). Risk and protective factors in problem gambling: An examination of psychological resilience. International Gambling Studies. [PDF] [LINK]

Barclay, P., Mishra, S., & Sparks, A. (2018). State-dependent risk-taking. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285: 20180180[PDF]

Mishra, S., & Meadows, T. J. S. (2018). Does stress mediate the association between personal relative deprivation and gambling? Stress and Health34, 331-337. [PDF] [LINK]

Beshai, S., Mishra, S., Meadows, T., Parmar, P., & Huang, V. (2017). Minding the gap: Subjective relative deprivation and depressive symptoms. Social Science & Medicine173, 18-25. [PDF] [LINK]

Beshai, S., Mishra, S., Mishra, S., & Carleton, R. N. (2017). Personal relative deprivation is associated with functional disorders via stress: An examination of fibromyalgia and gastrointestinal symptoms. PLOS One12(12):e0189666.  [PDF] [LINK]

Gonzales, J., Mishra, S., & Camp, R. D. (2017). For the win: Risk-sensitive decision-making in teams. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making30, 462-472. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., Barclay, P., & Sparks, A. (2017). The relative state model: Integrating need-based and ability-based pathways to risk-taking. Personality and Social Psychology Review21, 176-198. [PDF][LINK]

Mishra, S., & Carleton, R. N. (2017). Use of online crowdsourcing platforms for gambling research. International Gambling Studies17, 125-143. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., & Lalumière, M. L. (2017). Associations between delay discounting and risk-related behaviors, traits, attitudes, and outcomes. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 30, 769-781. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., Lalumière, M. L., & Williams, R. J. (2017). Gambling, risk-taking, and antisocial behavior: A replication study supporting the generality of deviance. Journal of Gambling Studies, 33, 15-36. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., Templeton, A., & Meadows, T. J. S. (2017). Living, fast and slow: Is life history orientation associated with risk propensity, criminal outcomes, and gambling? Personality and Individual Differences90, 22-26. [PDF] [LINK]

Novakowski, D., & Mishra, S. (2017). Relative state, social comparison reactions, and the behavioral constellation of deprivation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, e335. [PDF] [LINK]

Carleton, R. N., Duranceau, S., Shulman, E. P., Zerff, M., Gonzales, J., & Mishra, S. (2016). Self-reported intolerance of uncertainty and behavioural decisions. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry51, 58-65. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., & Novakowski, D. (2016). Personal relative deprivation and risk: An examination of individual differences in personality, attitudes, and behavioral outcomes. Personality and Individual Differences90, 22-26. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., & Carleton, R. N. (2015). Subjective relative deprivation is associated with poorer physical and mental health. Social Science & Medicine, 147, 144-149. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., Son Hing, L. S., & Lalumière, M. L. (2015). Inequality and risk-taking. Evolutionary Psychology13. doi:10.1177/1474704915596295 [PDF] [LINK]

Ferrey, A., & Mishra, S. (2014). Compensation method affects risk-taking in the Balloon Analogue Risk Task. Personality and Individual Differences, 64, 111-114. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S. (2014). Decision-making under risk: Integrating perspectives from biology, economics, and psychology. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 18, 280-307. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., Barclay, P., & Lalumière, M. L. (2014). Competitive disadvantage facilitates risk-taking. Evolution and Human Behavior35, 126-132. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., & Gonzales, J. (2014). Sources of behavioral variability and the etiology of psychopathology. Psychological Inquiry25, 355-359. [PDF] [LINK]

Sparks, A., Mishra, S., & Barclay, P. (2013). Fundamental freedoms and the psychology of threat, bargaining, and inequality. Brain and Behavioral Sciences36, 500-501. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., & Fiddick, L. (2012). Beyond gains and losses: The effect of need on risky choice in framed decisions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 102, 1136-1147. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., Gregson, M., & Lalumière, M. L. (2012). Framing effects and risk-sensitive decision-making. British Journal of Psychology, 103, 83-97. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., & Sritharan, R. (2012). Personality and behavioral outcomes associated with risk-tak­ing are accurately inferred from faces. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 760-764. [PDF] [LINK]

Pisanski, K., Mishra, S., & Rendall, D. (2012). The evolved psychology of voice: Evaluating inter-relationships in listeners’ assessments of size, masculinity, and attractiveness of un­seen speakers. Evolution and Human Behavior, 33, 509-519. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., & Lalumière, M. L. (2011). Individual differences in risk-propensity: Associations between personality and behavioral measures of risk. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 869–873. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., Lalumière, M. L., Morgan, M., & Williams, R. J. (2011). An examination of the relationship between gambling and antisocial behavior. Journal of Gambling Studies, 27, 409–426. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., Logue, D. M., Abiola, I. O., & Cade, W. H. (2011). Developmental environment affects risk-acceptance in the hissing cockroach, Gromphadorhina portentosa. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 125, 40–47. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., & Lalumière, M. L. (2010). You can’t always get what you want: The motivational effect of need on risk-sensitive decision-making. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 605–611. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., Lalumière, M. L., & Williams, R. J. (2010). Gambling as a form of risk-taking: Individual differences in personality, risk-accepting attitudes, and behavioral preferences for risk. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 616–621. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., Morgan, M., Lalumière, M. L., & Williams, R. J. (2010). Mood and audience effects on video lottery terminal gambling. Journal of Gambling Studies, 26, 373–386. [PDF] [LINK]

Logue, D. M., Mishra, S., McCaffrey, D., Ball, D., & Cade, W. H. (2009). A behavioral syndrome linking courtship behavior toward males and females predicts reproductive success from a single mating in the hissing cockroach, Gromphadorhina portentosa. Behavioral Ecology, 20, 781–788. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., & Lalumière, M. L. (2009). Is the crime drop of the 1990s in Canada and the USA associated with a general decline in risky and health-related behaviors? Social Science & Medicine, 68, 39–48. [PDF] [LINK]

Taves, M. D., Desjardins, J. K., Mishra, S., & Balshine, S. (2009). Androgens and dominance: Sex-specific patterns in a highly social fish (Neolamprologus pulcher). General and Comparative Endocrinology, 161, 202–207. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., Clark, A. P., & Daly, M. (2007). One woman’s behavior affects the attractiveness of others. Evolution and Human Behavior, 28, 145–149.* [PDF] [LINK]

Book Chapters and Reports

Gonzales, J., & Mishra, S. (forthcoming). Heuristics. In T. K. Shackelford & V. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of evolutionary psychological science. New York, NY: Springer. [PDF]

Mishra, S., Novakowski, D., & Gonzales, J. (forthcoming). Judgment and decision-making. In T. K. Shackelford & V. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of evolutionary psychological science. New York, NY: Springer. [PDF]

Novakowski, D., & Mishra, S. (forthcoming). Biases. In T. K. Shackelford & V. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of evolutionary psychological science. New York, NY: Springer. [PDF]

Bapuji, H.*, & Mishra, S.* (2015). Inequality and organizations. In Mir, R., Willmott, H., & Greenwood, M. (Eds.). The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies (pp. 439-448). New York, NY: Routledge. [PDF] [LINK]
Both authors contributed equally.

Mishra, S. (2014). Crime drop of the 1990s. In J. S. Albanese (Ed.), Encyclopedia of criminology and criminal justice (Vol. 1, pp. 466-470). New York, NY: Wiley-Blackwell. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S., Lalumière, M. L., Williams, R. J., & Daly, M. (2012).  Determinants of risky decision-making and gambling: The effects of need and relative deprivation. Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre Report. [PDF]

Lalumière, M. L., Mishra, S., & Harris, G. T. (2008). In cold blood: The evolution of psychopathy. In J. Duntley & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Evolutionary forensic psychology: Darwinian foundations of crime and law (pp. 139–159). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [PDF]

Mishra, S., & Lalumière, M. L. (2008). Risk taking, antisocial behavior, and life histories. In J. Duntley & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Evolutionary forensic psychology: Darwinian foundations of crime and law (pp. 176–197). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [PDF]

Mishra, S., Lalumière, M. L., Williams, R. J., & Morgan, M. (2008). Gambling and risk-taking: Individual differences in risk-acceptance and the impact of situational factors. Alberta Gaming Research Institute Report[PDF]

Other Publications

Mishra, S. (2018). Tinbergen’s four questions and variance explained: Why business (and all behavioral science) needs evolutionary theory. The Evolution Institute: This View of Life[LINK]

Gonzales, J., & Mishra, S. (2016). Going for it: When risk is worth it, and when it’s not. The Evolution Institute: This View of Life. [PDF] [LINK]

Mishra, S. (2010). The benefits of a small university for graduate studies in psychology. Psynopsis: Canada’s Psychology Magazine32(4), 36. [PDF]

Mishra, S., & Lalumière, M. L. (2009). The big drop in sex crimes. Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers: The Forum, 21(2). [PDF]

Mishra, S., & Lalumière, M. L. (2008). A review of the book Biological Influences on Criminal Behavior (by G. S. Anderson). Canadian Psychology, 49, 268–270. [PDF] [LINK]