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James M. Honeycutt

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James M. Honeycutt
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Born(1956-12-21)21 December 1956
Dallas, Texas, United States
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Illinois, US
💼 Occupation
Co-editor of Imagination, Cognition, and Personality
👩 Spouse(s)Elizabeth Honeycutt, 2003 - Present

James M. Honeycutt is a Professor Emeritus of psychology and communication at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, known for his work in relationship scripts and daydreaming, particularly imagined interaction conflict-linkage theory which explains why it is hard to forget old arguments.


Honeycutt received a Ph.D. in Communication with a complementary emphasis in social and cognitive psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. He has been the recipient of numerous research awards including the Distinguished Book of the Year in 2006 by the social cognition division of the National Communication Association for his initial book on imagined interactions. He was the recipient of 2011 LSU Rainmakers Senior Scholar Award in the humanities, social, and behavioral sciences for sustained research productivity over a 25-year period as well as being designated the Outstanding Scholar in Communication Theory by the Southern States Communication Association in 2013. He was the recipient of the 2012 LSU Distinguished Faculty Award for scholarship, teaching, and service in the humanities and social sciences which recognizes a sustained record of excellence in research, teaching, and/or service. He received his M.S. from Purdue University in 1981 with a supplemental emphasis in social psychology and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with honors in 1979 with a B.S. degree. Honeycutt founded the Matchbox Interaction Lab (the name was coined by students because some conflict discussions are measured) at LSU in 2007 where individuals, couples, and groups discuss a variety of topics, have their heart rates measured, and receive communication tips to enhance communication competence. Research reveals increased heart-rate variability among some people when imagining discussing sensitive issues with a relational partner.[1]


Honeycutt taught classes at LSU for over three decades focusing on emotion and communication, interpersonal conflict, relationships, evolutionary communication, family dynamics, intercultural communication, emotions, physiology, and imagined interactions. He was also a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He returned to his hometown of Dallas, Texas and is a lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas teaching online courses in conflict resolution and mediation. He is a member of several social science journal editorial boards. Honeycutt has lectured throughout the United States and Thailand to academic and business groups.

He is known for imagined interaction (II) conflict-linkage theory which consists of three axioms and 9 theorems. The theory explains why it is hard to forget old arguments, let alone forgive those whom the arguments were with.

Honeycutt is senior, managing co-editor of the interdisciplinary journal Imagination, Cognition and Personality with Keith Markman of Ohio University and Amedeo D'Angiulli of the Department of Neuroscience & Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University in Ontario. The journal is produced by Sage Publications.[2]

He has authored or co-authored several books dealing with communication in relationships and family interaction, cognitive and social psychology, physiology and imagined interaction, and mental health.

Major Research Programs[edit]

1. Relational Scripts

2. The theory of imagined interaction

3. A secondary theory: imagined interaction conflict-

4. Physiological arousal and induced imagined interactions.

5: Recurring conflict is reflected in physiological arousal.

6. Nonverbal immediacy and social control cues

7. Music therapy

He published research with Michael Eidenmuller, a former doctoral student and faculty at the University of Texas at Tyler in 2001 a colleague and musician dealing with conflict resolution and listening to positive and negative music in relation to conversations with intimates at home as well as road rage. In his research on road rage, Honeycutt (2010) found support for the Mozart principle of playing classical music even if drivers disdained classical music.

Honeycutt highly endorses the Global Z Recording Project which is a nonprofit project designed for young musicians from around the world based on the belief that music can heal and inspire in a culturally and philosophically diverse world. The Global Z Recording Project seeks to serve and improve the socio-cultural good of mankind by embracing diversity, encouraging democratic practices, fostering dialogue, and promoting peace through out-of-the-box, educational, youth-oriented music-related projects.[3]

8. Signalling theory in which individuals consciously or subconsciously emit verbal and nonverbal communication cues about their personality, temperament, and motivations.

Sample Books[edit]


Sample Journal Articles and Book Chapters
  • Honeycutt, J. M. (2006). Enhancing EI intervention through imagined interactions.
  • Issues and Recent Developments in Emotional Intelligence, [On-line serial], 1 (1), 1–4. Available http://www.eiconsortium.org .
  • Honeycutt, J. M. (2010). Physiology and Imagined Interactions, In J. M. Honeycutt (Ed.), Imagine that: Studies in imagined interaction (pp. 43–64). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton.
  • Honeycutt, J. M., & Eldredge, J. H. (2015). Applying game theory and signal detection theory to conflict escalation: A case study of a police investigator viewing a domestic argument. In K. Chapman (Ed.) Decision and Game Theory: Perspectives, Applications and Challenges. NY: Nova Science.
  • Honeycutt, J. M., Keaton, S. A., Hatcher, L. C., & Hample, D. (2014). Effects of rumination and observing marital conflict on observers’ heart rates as they advise and predict the use of conflict tactics. In J. M. Honeycutt, C. R. Sawyer, & S. A. Keaton (Eds.), The Influence of Communication on Physiology and Health (pps. 73-92). New York: Peter Lang
  • Honeycutt, J. M.; Woods, B. L.; & Fontenot, K. (1993). "The endorsement of communication conflict rules as a function of engagement, marriage, and marital ideology". Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 10 (2): 285–304. doi:10.1177/026540759301000208.
  • Jones, E.; & Gallois, C. (1989). "Spouses' impressions of rules for communication in public and private marital conflicts". Journal of Marriage and the Family. 51 (4): 957–967. doi:10.2307/353208. JSTOR 353208.
  • Honeycutt, James. M.; Vickery, A. J.; & Hatcher, L. C. (2015). "The daily use of imagined interaction features". Communication Monographs. 82 (2): 201–223. doi:10.1080/03637751.2014.953965.
  • Honeycutt, J. M.; Sheldon, P; Pence, M. E.; & Hatcher, L. C. (2015). "Predicting aggression, conciliation, and concurrent rumination in escalating conflict". Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 30: 133–151. doi:10.1177/0886260514532717.
  • Honeycutt, James M.; White, R. C.; & Swirsky, L. (2016). "Imagined interactions and LGBT identity". Journal of Bisexuality. 16 (4): 410–426. doi:10.1080/15299716.2016.1227017.
  • Honeycutt, J. M.; & Wright, C. N. (2017). "Predicting affectionate and aggressive teasing motivation on the basis of self-esteem and imagined interactions with the victim". Southern Communication Journal. 82 (1): 15–26. doi:10.1080/1041794X.2016.1265577.
  • Honeycutt, J. M. (2019). "On the correspondence between meta-emotions, cardiovascular arousal and imagined interaction discrepancy". Evolutionary Psychological Science. doi:10.1007/s40806-019-00212-1.

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