Vladimir J. Konecni has three primary research interests within experimental/social psychology. The first of these is a social-psychological analysis of legal decision-making. Specifically, he studies the factors that various participants in the legal system (police officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, parole officers, etc.) take into account; he then develops causal models of legal decisions, such as the amount of bail and the length and type of sentence. In this work, there is a considerable emphasis on the use of multiple methods and the collection of data in field settings (e.g., court hearings and files).
His second area of interest is psycho-aesthetics -- the psychology of art, music, and theatre, with special reference to socially relevant factors. Dr. Konecni has done research on the social, emotional, and cognitive antecedents of aesthetic preference and choice, and on the consequences of exposure to different types of art and music for social behavior and performance. Among the special topics he has studied are the "golden section" in paintings and architecture, the music of the Latin Requiem, and the relationship of music and emotion. Another long-term project has been the study of the listeners', viewers', and readers' comprehension of artist messages. For a sample of Dr. Konecni's creative works in poetry, playwriting, and photography, please see his web site at:
Finally, Dr. Konecni does work on the social, cognitive, and psychophysiological aspects of human emotion and motivation, especially on aggressive behavior (e.g., the "cathartic effect") and the perception of emotional states in oneself and others.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Applied Social Psychology
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Law and Public Policy
- Nonverbal Behavior
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Kaplan, R. M., Konecni, V. J., & Novaco, R. W. (Eds.). (2010). Aggression in children and youth (NATO Science Series D). Springer: New York.
- Konecni, V. J., & Ebbesen, E. B. (Eds.). (1982). The criminal justice system: A social-psychological analysis. San Francisco: W. H. Freeman.
- Konecni, V. J. (2008). Does music induce emotion? A theoretical and methodological analysis. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 2, 115-129.
- Konecni, V. J. (2005). The aesthetic trinity: Awe, being moved, thrills. Bulletin of Psychology and the Arts, 5, 27-44.
- Konecni, V. J. (1997). The vase on the mantelpiece: The golden section in context. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 15, 177-207.
- Konecni, V. J. (1991). Portraiture: An experimental study of the creative process. Leonardo, 24, 325-328.
- Konecni, V. J. (1991). Psychological aspects of the expression of anger and violence on the stage. Comparative Drama, 25, 215-241.
- Konecni, V. J. (1986). Bach's St. Matthew Passion: A rudimentary psychological analysis, Part II. BACH, 17, October, 3-16.
- Konecni, V. J. (1975). Annoyance, type and duration of postannoyance activity, and aggression: The "cathartic effect". Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 104, 76-102.
- Konecni, V. J., Brown, A., & Wanic, R. A. (2008). Comparative effects of music and recalled life-events on emotional state. Psychology of Music, 36, 289-308.
- Konecni, V. J., & Cline, L. E. (2001). The "golden woman": An exploratory study of women's proportions in paintings. Visual Arts Research, 27, 69-78.
- Konecni, V. J., Ebbesen, E. B., & Hock, R. R. (1996). Factors affecting simulated jurors' decisions in capital cases. Psychology, Crime & Law, 2, 269-297.
- Konecni, V. J., Wanic, R. A., & Brown, A. (2007). Emotional and aesthetic antecedents and consequences of music-induced thrills. American Journal of Psychology, 120, 619-643.
- Konecni, V. J. (2010). The influence of affect on music choice. In P. N. Juslin and J. A. Sloboda (Eds.), Handbook of music and emotion: Theory, research, applications (pp. 697-723). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Konecni, V. J. (1982). Social interaction and musical preference. In D. Deutsch (Ed.), The psychology of music (pp. 497-516). New York: Academic Press. [Translated into Japanese, Nihimura Co. Ltd., 1988]
- Human Motivation and Emotion
- Music and Emotion
- Psychology and Beauty
- Psychology and the Arts
- Psychology of Law
- Psychology of Theatre
- Social Psychology
Vladimir J. Konecni
Department of Psychology
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California 92093-0109