Publications

Many Labs 2: Investigating Variation in Replicability Across Samples and Settings

We conducted preregistered replications of 28 classic and contemporary published findings, with protocols that were peer reviewed in …

Motivating exercise through social media: Is a picture always worth a thousand words?

What kinds of social media posts most effectively promote actual exercise motivation? This published paper reports the results of Caitlyn Johnston’s senior thesis project that answered that question by comparing indivdiual and corporate social media posts, and posts with and without images.

Approaching the true self: Promotion focus predicts the experience of authenticity

Promotion focus (PF) positively predicts authenticity in a variety of contexts. Goal PF predicts goal authenticity regardless of match between trait and goal PF. Trait PF predicts authenticity with approach orientation controlled for. Experimentally induced PF leads people to feel more authentic in the moment. Autonomy and competence underlie the link between PF and authenticity.

Peer-Review Guidelines Promoting Replicability and Transparency in Psychological Science

More and more psychological researchers have come to appreciate the perils of common but poorly justified research practices and are …

Multidimensional perfectionism and perceptions of potential relationship partners

381 participants evaluated profiles of potential relationship partners. Perfectionists were rated as less likeable, warm, and competent. Participants’ own perfectionism predicted interest in perfectionistic profiles. Results varied across type of perfectionism being evaluated.

Attitudes and Motivations of Owners Who Enroll Pets in Pet Life-Care Centers

The purpose of this study was to examine the characteristics, motivations, and expectations of humans who enroll their dogs, cats, and …

Many Labs 3: Evaluating participant pool quality across the academic semester via replication

The university participant pool is a key resource for behavioral research, and data quality is believed to vary over the course of the …

Judgments of Meaning in Life, Religious Beliefs, and the Experience of Cognitive (Dis)Fluency

The primary aim of the current studies was to test whether religiousness interacted with self‐reported levels of meaning in life (MIL) …

Motivating the academic mind: High-level construal of academic goals enhances goal meaningfulness, motivation, and self-concordance

How one thinks about or conceptualizes a goal has important consequences for the motivational features of goal pursuit. Two experiments …

Maintaining Hope at the 11th Hour: Authenticity Buffers the Effect of Limited Time Perspective on Hope

Four studies tested the hypothesis that limited time perceptions are associated with lower levels of hope, and that this effect is …

Experiencing versus contemplating: Language use during descriptions of awe and wonder

Awe and wonder are theorised to be distinct from other positive emotions, such as happiness. Yet little empirical or theoretical work …

Thinking about Change in the Self and Others: The Role of Self-Discovery Metaphors and the True Self

People change over the course of their lives, yet little is known about how people think about these changes. We expected that …

Free Will, Counterfactual Reflection, and the Meaningfulness of Life Events

Research has found that counterfactual reflection, the act of mentally undoing past events, imbues major life experiences with meaning. …

Heavy drinking, impulsivity and attentional narrowing following alcohol cue exposure

Research shows that alcohol-related stimuli have the propensity to capture attention among individuals motivated to consume alcohol. …

Authenticity and self-esteem across temporal horizons

Extending research on optimal self-esteem and authenticity, three studies tested the hypothesis that authenticity would be a stronger …

Investigating Variation in Replicability: A “Many Labs” Replication Project

Although replication is a central tenet of science, direct replications are rare in psychology. This research tested variation in the …

The dynamic interplay between perceived true self-knowledge and decision satisfaction

The present research used multiple methods to examine the hypothesis that perceived true self-knowledge and decision satisfaction are …

Interactive effects of approach motivational intensity and alcohol cues on the scope of perceptual attention

Many theoretical perspectives suggest that alcohol‐related stimuli bear on attentional processes. Building upon these ideas and recent …

Positive affect, meaning in life, and future time perspective: An application of socioemotional selectivity theory

Four studies tested the prediction that positive affect (PA) would relate more strongly to meaning in life (MIL) as a function of …

Death and design: The terror management function of teleological beliefs

Can simply believing that things have a purpose help protect us from the anxiety that arises from the awareness of our own mortality?