The focus of my research interests is interpersonal relations, with particular emphasis on the influence of expectations and emotions on social perception in close relationships. Recent empirical work has explored the impact of felt insecurity, concerns about a partner's caring, on the regulation of closeness and interdependence in relationships (the "dependence-regulation model"). Recent theoretical work has focused on developing and applying Interdependence Theory formulations of relationships.
- Murray, S. L., Rose, P., Holmes, J. G., Podchaski, E., Derrick, J., Bellavia, G., Griffin, D. W. (2005). Putting the partner within reach: A dyadic perspective on felt security. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88, 327-347.
- Holmes, J. G., & Cameron, J. (2005). An integrated review of theories of interpersonal cognition: An interdependence theory perspective. In M. Baldwin (Ed.), Interpersonal cognition (pp. 415-447). New York: Guilford.
- Holmes, J. G. (2004). The benefits of abstract functional analysis in theory construction: The case of interdependence theory. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 8, 146-155.
- Murray, S. L., Holmes, J. G., & Griffin, D. W. (2003). Reflections on the self-fulfilling effects of positive illusions. Psychological Inquiry, 14, 289-296. (Invited paper in a special edition on research deemed to be "Modern Classics").
- Vorauer, J. D., Cameron, J., Holmes, J. G., & Pearce, D. (2003). Invisible overtures: Fears of rejection and the signal amplification bias. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 793-812.
- Kelley, H. H., Holmes, J. G., Kerr, N., Reis, H., Rusbult, C. E., & Van Lange, P. A. (2003). An atlas of interpersonal situations. Cambridge Press. (496 pages)
- Murray, S. L., Rose, P., Bellavia, G., Holmes, J. G., & Kusche, A. (2002). When rejection stings: How self-esteem constrains relationship-enhancement processes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 83, 556-573.
- Murray, S. L., Holmes, J. G., Bellavia, G., Griffin, D. W., & Dolderman, D. (2002). Kindred spirits? The benefits of egocentrism in close relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 563-581.
- Holmes, J. G. (2002). Interpersonal expectations as the building blocks of social cognition: An interdependence theory analysis. Personal Relationships, 9, 1-26. (A Distinguished Scholar Article, invited by the Editors of Personal Relationships, the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships.)
- Holmes, J. G. (2000). Social relationships: The nature and function of relational schemas. European Journal of Social Psychology, 30, 447-496. (Agenda 2000 Series: One of six invited lead review articles in special Millenium Issues.)
- Holmes, J. G. & Murray, S. (1996). Interpersonal conflict in close relationships. In E.T. Higgins & A. Kruglanski (Eds.), Social psychology: Handbook of basic mechanisms and processes. New York: Guilford Press.
- Murray, S. L., Holmes, J. G., & Griffin, D. W. (1996). The benefits of positive illusions: Idealization and the construction of satisfaction in close relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 70, 79-98.
- Holmes, J. G. (1991). Trust and the appraisal process in close relationships. In W. H. Jones & D. Perlman (Eds.), Advances in personal relationships (Vol. 2). London: Jessica Kingsley.