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.
- Health Psychology
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Social Cognition
- Cortes, K., Kammrath, L.K., Scholer, A.A., & Peetz, J. (2014). Self-regulating the effortful “Do’s” in relationships: A domain specific approach. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 380-397.
- Higgins, E. T., & Scholer, A. A. (2009). Engaging the consumer: The science and art of the value creation process. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 19, 100-114.
- Kammrath, L. K., & Scholer, A. A. (2011). The Pollyanna myth: How highly agreeable people judge positive and negative relational acts. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 1172-1184.
- Scholer, A. A., & Higgins, E. T. (2012). Commitment to change from locomotion motivation during deliberation. Motivation and Emotion, 36, 114-129.
- Scholer, A.A., Ozaki, Y., & Higgins, E.T. (2014). Inflating and deflating the self: Sustaining motivational concerns through self-evaluation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 51, 60-73.
- Scholer, A. A., Stroessner, S. J., & Higgins, E. T. (2008). Responding to negativity: How a risky tactic can serve a vigilant strategy. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 767-774.
- Scholer, A. A., Zou, X., Fujita, K., Stroessner, S. J., & Higgins, E. T. (2010). When risk seeking becomes a motivational necessity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 215-231.
- Stroessner, S.J., Scholer, A.A., Marx, D.M., & Weisz, D.M. (2015). When threat matters: Self-regulation, threat salience, and stereotyping. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 59, 77-89.
- Zou, X. & Scholer, A.A. (2016). Motivational affordance and risk preference across decision domains. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 275-289.
- Zou, X., Scholer, A.A., & Higgins, E.T. (2014). In pursuit of progress: When risk-seeking serves promotion in the domain of gains. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 106, 183-201.
- 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.
- Experimental Social Psychology
- History of Experimental Psychology
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