Dr. Kay’s research investigates the psychological factors that underlie antisocial beliefs and behaviours. To that end, he has examined why people believe in conspiracy theories, harbour homonegative beliefs, and gaslight others. To examine the correlates of these beliefs and behaviours, however, it is necessary to have scales that are psychometrically sound and data that is sufficiently free of error. As such, a second focus of his research involves developing and validating new scales (e.g., the Generic Conspiracist Beliefs Scale - 5), and a third focus of his research involves designing tools for improving data quality (e.g., the Comprehensive Infrequency/Frequency Item Repository).
Dr. Kay teaches courses on personality, social psychology, statistical methods, and conspiracy theories.
Kay, C. S. & Arrow, H. (2023). Eight misconceptions about the elemental approach and aversive personality trait research: A response to Andrews and colleagues (2023). Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 1-5.
Kay, C. S. & Saucier, G. (2023). The Comprehensive Infrequency/Frequency Item Repository (CIFR): An online database of items for detecting careless/insufficient-effort responders in survey data. Personality and Individual Differences, 205.
Kay, C. S. & Slovic, P. (2023). The Generic Conspiracist Beliefs Scale - 5: A short-form measure of conspiracist ideation. Journal of Research in Personality, 102, 104315.
March, E., Kay, C. S., Dinić, B. M., Wagstaff, D., Grabovac, B., & Jonason, P. K. (2023). "It’s all in your head": Personality traits and gaslighting tactics in intimate relationships. Journal of Family Violence.
Kay, C. S. (2022). Animal House: The Dark Tetrad traits and membership in sororities and fraternities. Acta Psychologica, 222, 103473.
Kay, C. S. & Arrow, H. (2022). Taking an elemental approach to the conceptualization and measurement of Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 16(4), e12662.
Kay, C. S. & Dimakis, S. (2022). Moral foundations partially explain the association of Machiavellianism, grandiose narcissism, and psychopathy with homonegativity and transnegativity. Journal of Homosexuality.
van Mulukom, V. [and 12 others, including Kay, C. S.] (2022). Antecedents and consequences of COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs: A systematic review. Social Science & Medicine, 301.
Kay, C. S. (2021). Actors of the most fiendish character: Explaining the associations between the Dark Tetrad traits and conspiracist ideation. Personality and Individual Differences, 171.
Kay, C. S. (2021). Negative traits, positive assortment: Revisiting the Dark Triad and a preference for similar others. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38(4), 1259-1278.
Kay, C. S. (2021). The targets of all treachery: Delusional ideation, paranoia, and the need for uniqueness as mediators between two forms of narcissism and conspiracy beliefs. Journal of Research in Personality, 93.
Kay, C. S. & Saucier, G. (2020). Deviating from the social consensus: Relations among the Dark Triad, moral normativity, and general social normativity. Personality and Individual Differences, 159.
Kay, C. S. & Saucier, G. (2020). Insert a joke about lawyers: Evaluating preferences for the Dark Triad traits in six occupations. Personality and Individual Differences, 159.
Kay, C. S. & Saucier, G. (2023). Measuring personality traits in context: Four approaches to situations in self-report measures of personality. In P. K. Jonason (Ed.), Shining light on the dark side of personality: Measurement properties and theoretical advances. Hogrefe.