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Abigail Scholer

Abigail Scholer

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My work focuses on self-regulation and motivation. Life demands a lot and people are rather astounding in all of the ways they both triumph and fail in the face of such demands. In particular, I am interested in how people make decisions, resolve self-control conflicts (e.g., sleep in or exercise? fun technology toy today or retirement savings tomorrow?), and flexibly navigate changing demands. Broadly, my research examines how different motivational orientations influence self-regulatory processes.

Primary Interests:

  • Health Psychology
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • Scholer, A. A., & Higgins, E. T. (2012). Too much of a good thing? Trade-offs in promotion and prevention focus. In R. Ryan (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Motivation (pp. 65-84). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Scholer, A. A., & Higgins, E. T. (2008). Distinguishing levels of approach and avoidance: An analysis using regulatory focus theory. In A. J. Elliot (Ed.), Handbook of approach and avoidance motivation (pp. 489-504). New York: Psychology Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Experimental Social Psychology
  • History of Experimental Psychology
  • Statistics

Abigail Scholer
Psychology Department
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

  • Phone: (519) 888-4567 x31362

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