Drawing on questions originally posited by existential philosophy, my research focuses on the consequences of a fundamental aspect of the human condition: awareness of one’s mortality. Utilising the conceptual framework of terror management theory, my work examines how the pursuit of self-esteem and cultural value engendered by death awareness impacts attitudes and behaviours in a variety of domains including: health, economics, product endorsement efficacy, and self-representations. For more information about research in similar areas visit: http://www.stir.ac.uk/management/research/behavioural-science-centre/ For more information on terror management theory, check out: http://www.tmt.missouri.edu/
McCabe S & Arndt J (2016) The psychological threat of mortality and the implications it has for tobacco and alcohol misuse. In: Preedy V (ed.). Neuropathology of Drug Addictions and Substance Misuse, Volume 1: Foundations of Understanding, Tobacco, Alcohol, Cannabinoids and Opioids, Amsterdam: Academic Press, pp. 327-336.
McCabe S, Vail III KE, Arndt J & Goldenberg J (2013) Multilayered Meanings in Health Decision Making: A Terror Management Health Model Analysis. In: Hicks JA, Routledge C (ed.). The Experience of Meaning in Life: Classical Perspectives, Emerging Themes, and Controversies, Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 349-362.