Contact & Location


Psychology & Communications Studies

Physical Address:
Student Health Center 206
PHONE: (208) 885-6324
FAX:(208) 885-7710
EMAIL: psyc-comm@uidaho.edu


Mailing Address:
University of Idaho
c/o Psychology & Communication Studies
Student Health Center 206
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID  83844-3043
Kenneth Locke

Kenneth Locke, Ph.D.

Office: Student Health Center 208
Phone: (208) 885-4453
Email: klocke@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: c/o Department of Psychology and Communication Studies- University of Idaho
P.O. Box 443043
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3043

Department of Psychology and Communications Studies

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1996

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Interpersonal circumplex models
    • Social comparisons
    • Measures of complex social information processing
    • Effects of cultural differences in response styles
  • Biography
    After receiving his Ph.D. in 1989 from Stanford University (where he studied cognitive, personality, and social psychology), Ken taught at the State University of New York, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, University of Southern California, and Sonoma State University. While working as a research associate in the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ken completed a post-doctoral clinical training program and became licensed as a clinical psychologist. Ken finally found the right professional fit when he accepted a position as an assistant professor in the University of Idaho Department of Psychology in 1996.

    At Idaho, Ken has developed several successful programs of research pertaining to interpersonal relationships and social cognition. Most recently, he has been conducting studies in Asia to examine the influence of culture on how people conceptualize themselves and others. Ken teaches popular undergraduate courses on personality and sexuality; indeed, his Human Sexuality course has been repeatedly voted the “best course” at the university, but he acknowledges that in this case the course material—not the course instructor—deserves the credit.
  • Selected Publications
    Seminal publications
    • Locke, K.D. (2003). Status and solidarity in social comparison: agentic and communal values and vertical and horizontal directions. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 619-631.
    • Locke, K.D. (2003). H as a measure of the complexity of social information processing. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 7, 268-280.

    Recent Publications
    • Locke, K.D. (2011). Interpersonal moderators of the effects of upward comparisons on ability judgments. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 33, 37-46.
    • Locke, K.D. (2009). Aggression, narcissism, self-esteem, and the attribution of desirable and humanizing traits to self versus others. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 99-102.
    • Locke, K.D., & Baik, K. (2009). Does an acquiescent response style explain why Koreans are less consistent than Americans? Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 40, 319-323.
    • Locke, K.D., & Braun, C.C. (2009). Ambivalence versus valence: Analyzing the effects of opposing attitudes. Social Cognition, 27(1), 89-104.
    • Locke, K.D. (2008). Attachment styles and interpersonal approach and avoidance goals in everyday couple interactions. Personal Relationships, 15, 359-374
    *See CV for full listings of publications, research, outreach and awards.
  • Outreach Projects
      • Ken regularly offers web-based versions of Psychology of Personality (PSYC 310) and Human Sexuality (PSYC 330). 
      • He also offers PSYC 310 through Independent Study in Idaho.