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    • Commitment to change from locomotion motivation during deliberation 

      Scholer, Abigail A.; Higgins, E. Tory (Springer, 2012-06-01)
      The factors that motivate commitment to behavioral change (e.g., quitting smoking) are important in understanding self-regulation processes. The current research examines how an individual’s motivational orientation during ...
    • A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Metamotivational Knowledge of Construal Level in the United States and Japan 

      Nguyen, Tina; Togawa, Taku; Scholer, Abigail A.; Fujita, Kentaro (American Psychological Association, 2020)
      Metamotivation refers to the beliefs and mechanisms by which people regulate their motivational states to achieve desired ends. Recent metamotivation research demonstrates that Westerners recognize the benefits of engaging ...
    • Divergent effects of distance versus velocity disturbances on emotional experiences during goal pursuit 

      Beck, James W.; Scholer, Abigail A.; Hughes, Jeffrey (American Psychological Association, 2017-07-01)
      Disturbances are factors outside of a person’s control that influence goal progress. Although disturbances are typically included in theoretical accounts of goal pursuit, relatively little empirical research has explicitly ...
    • Dodging Monsters and Dancing with Dreams: Success and Failure at Different Levels of Approach and Avoidance 

      Scholer, Abigail A.; Higgins, E. Tory (SAGE Publications, 2013-07-01)
      Many models of motivation suggest that goals can be arranged in a hierarchy, ranging from higher-level goals that represent desired end-states to lower-level means that operate in the service of those goals. We present a ...
    • Exploring the complexities of value creation: The role of engagement strength 

      Scholer, Abigail A.; Higgins, E. Tory (John Wiley & Sons, 2009-03-25)
      Regulatory engagement theory (Higgins, 2006; Higgins & Scholer, 2009) proposes that engagement strength plays a critical role in the creation of value intensity. We discuss the ways in which engagement, in this model, can ...
    • How Locomotion Concerns Influence Perceptual Judgments 

      Scholer, Abigail A.; Eitam, Baruch; Stadler, Gertraud; Higgins, E. Tory (Guilford Press, 2017-06-01)
      Successful self-regulation involves both assessment (e.g., making the right choices) and locomotion (e.g., managing change and movement). Regulatory mode theory is a motivational framework that highlights the ways in which ...
    • Implicit Theories of Attraction 

      Bohns, Vanessa K.; Scholer, Abigail A.; Rehman, Uzma (Guilford Press, 2015-08-01)
      Sexual satisfaction is an important component of relationship well-being within romantic relationships. Yet, relatively little is known about the psychological factors that predict responses to the inevitable sexual ...
    • In pursuit of progress: Promotion motivation and risk preference in the domain of gains 

      Zou, Xi; Scholer, Abigail A.; Higgins, E. Tory (American Psychological Association, 2014)
      This article examines the role of promotion motivation in decision making in the domain of gains. Using a stock investment paradigm in which individuals believed that they were making decisions that were real and consequential, ...
    • Inflating and deflating the self: Sustaining motivational concerns through self-evaluation 

      Scholer, Abigail A.; Ozaki, Yuka; Higgins, E. Tory (Elsevier, 2014-03-01)
      The ways in which individuals think and feel about themselves play a significant role in guiding behavior across many domains in life. The current studies investigate how individuals may shift the positivity of self-evaluations ...
    • Metamotivation: Emerging Research on the regulation of motivational states 

      Miele, David B.; Scholer, Abigail A.; Fujita, Kentaro (Elsevier, 2020)
      Until recently, research examining the self-regulation of motivation focused primarily on the strategies people use to bolster the amount of motivation they have for pursuing a task goal. In contrast, our metamotivational ...
    • Motivational Affordance and Risk-Taking Across Decision Domains 

      Zou, Xi; Scholer, Abigail A. (SAGE Publications, 2016-03-01)
      We propose a motivational affordance account to explain both stability and variability in risk-taking propensity in major decision domains. We draw on regulatory focus theory to differentiate two types of motivation ...
    • Motivational Versus Metabolic Effects of Carbohydrates on Self-Control 

      Molden, Daniel C.; Hui, Chin Ming; Scholer, Abigail A.; Meier, Brian P.; Noreen, Eric E.; D’Agostino, Paul R.; Martin, Valerie (Sage Publications, 2012-10-01)
      Self-control is critical for achievement and well-being. However, people’s capacity for self-control is limited and becomes depleted through use. One prominent explanation for this depletion posits that self-control consumes ...
    • Our adventures make me feel secure: Novel activities boost relationship satisfaction through felt security 

      Cortes, Kassandra; Britton, Emily; Holmes, John G.; Scholer, Abigail A. (Elsevier, 2020-07)
      Past research has established the relational benefits of engaging in novel tasks with a romantic partner. However, little empirical evidence exists for the mechanisms responsible. The current research examined growth ...
    • The role of metamotivation in creating task-motivation fit 

      Scholer, Abigail A.; Miele, David B. (American Psychological Association, 2016)
      One of the challenges of effective goal pursuit is being able to flexibly adapt to changing situations and demands. The current studies investigate whether individuals exhibit effective metamotivation—successful management ...
    • Self-regulating the effortful “social dos”. 

      Cortes, Kassandra; Kammrath, Lara K.; Scholer, Abigail A.; Peetz, Johanna (American Psychological Association, 2014)
      In the current research, we explored differences in the self-regulation of the personal dos (i.e., engaging in active and effortful behaviors that benefit the self) and in the self-regulation of the social dos (engaging ...
    • A self-regulatory approach to understanding boredom proneness 

      Struk, Andriy A.; Scholer, Abigail A.; Danckert, James (Taylor and Francis, 2016-11-16)
      We investigated the relationship between self-regulation and two types of boredom proneness (perceived lack of internal stimulation, perceived lack of external stimulation) using a variety of measures of self-regulation. ...
    • Value from adversity: How we deal with adversity matters 

      Higgins, E. Tory; Marguc, Janina; Scholer, Abigail A. (Elsevier, 2012-07-01)
      Participants in our study worked on an anagram task to win a prize while aversive noise played in the background. They were instructed to deal with the noise either by “opposing” it as an interference or by “coping” with ...
    • When threat matters: Self-regulation, threat salience, and stereotyping 

      Stroessner, Steven J.; Scholer, Abigail A.; Marx, David M.; Weisz, Bradley M. (Elsevier, 2015-07-01)
      Four experiments examined whether information implying imminent threat to safety would interact with regulatory focus (Higgins, 1997) to affect the utilization of threat-relevant stereotypes. Because information suggesting ...
    • Workload, Risks, and Goal Framing as Antecedents of Shortcut Behaviors 

      Beck, James W.; Scholer, Abigail A.; Schmidt, Aaron M. (Springer, 2017-08-01)
      Purpose: Shortcut behaviors are methods of completing a task that require less time than typical or standard procedures. These behaviors carry the benefit of increasing efficiency, yet can also carry risks (e.g., of an ...


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