John G. Kerns


Professor


214 McAlester Hall
573-882-8846
kernsj@missouri.edu

Lab: Cognitive and Emotional Control Lab

Research Interests

In general, I do research on the psychological and neural basis of cognitive and emotional control, factors that diminish control such as aberrant salience, and the development of schizophrenia and its symptoms (e.g., psychotic symptoms, negative symptoms such as anhedonia).

In current studies, we are especially focusing on the nature of psychosis risk, including the involvement of striatal dysfunction, and how psychosis risk can be ameliorated.



Selected Publications

Karcher, N. R., Martin, E. A., & Kerns, J. G. (in press). Examining associations between psychosis risk, social anhedonia, and performance of striatum-related behavioral tasks. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Karcher, N. R., Cicero, D.C., & Kerns, J. G. (in press). An experimental examination of the aberrant salience hypothesis using a salience manipulation and a behavioral magical thinking task. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.

Martin, E. A., Cicero, D. C., Bailey, D., Karcher, N. R., & Kerns, J. G. (in press). Social anhedonia is not just extreme introversion: Empirical evidence of distinct constructs. Journal of Personality Disorders.

Cicero, D. C., Docherty, A. R., Martin, E.A., Becker, T.M., & Kerns, J. G. (2015). Aberrant salience, self-concept clarity, and interview-rated psychotic-like experiences. Journal of Personality Disorders, 29, 79-99.

Docherty, A. R., Sponheim, S. R., & Kerns, J. G. (2015). Self-reported affective traits and current affective experience in biological relatives of people with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 161, 340-344.

Cicero, D. C., Martin, E.A., Becker, T.M., Docherty, A. R., & Kerns, J. G. (2014). Correspondence between psychometric and clinical high risk for psychosis in an undergraduate population. Psychological Assessment, 26, 901-915.

Cicero, D.C., Martin, E.A., Becker, T.M., & Kerns, J.G. (2014). Reinforcement learning deficits in people with schizophrenia persist after extended trials. Psychiatry Research, 220, 760-764.

Karcher, N. R., Slutske, W. S., Kerns, J. G., Piasecki, T. M., & Martin, N. G. (2014). Sex differences in magical ideation: A community-based twin study. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 5, 212-219.

Docherty, A. R., Sponheim, S. R., & Kerns, J. G. (2014). Further examination of ambivalence in relation to the schizophrenia spectrum. Schizophrenia Research, 158, 261-263.

Docherty, A. R., Cicero, D. C., Becker, T. M., & Kerns, J. G. (2014). Self-reported ambivalence in schizophrenia and associations with negative mood. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 202, 70-73.

Cicero, D. C., Becker, T. M., Martin, E. A., Docherty, A. R., & Kerns, J. G. (2013). The role of aberrant salience and self-concept clarity in psychotic-like experiences. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 4, 33-42.

Martin, E.A., Becker, T.M., Cicero, D.C., & Kerns, J.G. (2013). Examination of affective and cognitive interference in schizophrenia and relation to symptoms. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 733-744.

Martin, E. A., Bailey, D. H., Cicero, D. C., & Kerns, J. G. (2012). Social networking profile correlates of schizotypy. Psychiatry Research, 200, 641-646.

Martin, E. A., Cicero, D. C., & Kerns, J. G. (2012). Social anhedonia, but not positive schizotypy, is associated with poor affective control. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 3, 263-272.

Becker, T. M., Cicero, D. C., Cowan, N., & Kerns, J. G. (2012). Cognitive control components and speech symptoms in people with schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 196, 20-26.

Cicero, D. C., & Kerns, J. G. (2011). Is paranoia a defense against or an expression of low self-esteem? European Journal of Personality, 25, 326-335.

Cicero, D. C., & Kerns, J. G. (2011). Unpleasant and pleasant referential thinking: Relations with self-processing, paranoia, and other schizotypal traits. Journal of Research in Personality, 45, 208-218.

Docherty, A. R., Berenbaum, H., & Kerns, J. G. (2011). Alogia and formal thought disorder: Differential patterns of verbal fluency task performance. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 1352-1357.

Martin, E. A., Becker, T. M., Cicero, D. C., Docherty, A. R., & Kerns, J. G. (2011). Differential associations between schizotypy facets and emotion traits. Psychiatry Research, 187, 94-99.

Martin, E. A., & Kerns, J. G. (2011). The influence of positive mood on different aspects of cognitive control. Cognition and Emotion, 25, 265-279.

Cicero, D. C., Kerns, J. G., & McCarthy, D. M. (2010). The aberrant salience inventory: A new measure of psychosis proneness. Psychological Assessment, 22, 688-701.

Cicero, D. C., & Kerns, J. G. (2010). Multidimensional factor structure of positive schizotypy. Journal of Personality Disorders, 24, 327-344.

Cicero, D. C., & Kerns, J. G. (2010). Can disorganized and positive schizotypy be discriminated from dissociation? Journal of Personality, 78, 1239-1270.

Martin, E. A., & Kerns, J. G. (2010). Social anhedonia associated with poor evaluative processing but not with poor cognitive control. Psychiatry Research, 178, 419-424.