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Motivation and Cognition Laboratory

Department of Psychology, University of Wyoming

 

 

Motivation and Cognition lab members

Our lab conducts research on the interplay of motivational and cognitive processes in human behavior. 

We examine the role of cognitive processes in self-regulation and achievement behavior. Examples include: the operation of inhibitory self-control; prospective memory; evaluative mindset.

Conversely, we are interested in the impact of motivational factors on decision making, learning, and performance. Examples include: academic preparation among stigmatized groups; defensive behavior in performance settings; intrinsic motivation and performance in games. 

Accepting Graduate Students for Fall 2019

 

 

 Lab members

 

Principal Investigator

Dr. Sean McCrea

University of Wyoming
Department of Psychology, Dept. 3415
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
E-mail: smccrea@uwyo.edu

Sean McCrea

 

 

 

Trent Wondra, M.S.

twondra1@uwyo.edu

Research interests

Self-handicapping and Socioeconomic status

Self-compassion

Procrastination

Trent Wondra

 

 

 

Alexandra Bitter, B.A.

abitter@uwyo.edu

Research interests

Self-handicapping among women in STEM fields

Self-compassion

Self-control in health behavior

Alex Bitter

 

Former Lab Members:

Angel Munoz Gomez Andrade, Ph.D., Earlham College

Joshua Reynolds, Ph.D., Stockton University

Richard Vann, Ph.D., Penn State Behrend
                           

 

lab meeting

Research Activities

 

Current projects:

Self-handicapping in stigmatized groups

Self-compassion

Mindset model of action phases

Self-control in health behaviors

Defensiveness in groups

Feedback in serious games

  

Recent Publications:

McCrea, S. M., & Vann, R. (in press). Postactional goal pursuit: consequences of task completion for thought content, affect, and behavioral intentions. Motivation and Emotion.

Vann, R., Rosa, J., & McCrea, S. M. (2018). When consumers struggle: Action crisis and its effects on problematic goal pursuit. Psychology and Marketing, 35, 696-709. DOI: 10.1002/mar.21116

Thuermer, J. L., McCrea, S. M., & McIntyre, B. (in press). Motivated collective defensiveness: Group members prioritize counter-arguing over getting their work done. Social Psychological & Personality Science. https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550618762298

Thuermer, J. L., & McCrea, S. M., (in press). Beyond motivated reasoning: Hostile reactions to critical comments from the outgroup. Motivation Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/mot0000097

Reynolds, J. J., & McCrea, S.M. (in press). Environmental constraints on the functionality of inhibitory self-control: Sometimes you have to eat the donut. Self and Identity. doi: 10.1080/15298868.2017.1354066

Reynolds, J. J., & McCrea, S. M. (2017). Criminal behavior and self-control: Using the Dual Component Theory of Inhibition Regulation to advance self-control and crime research. Current Psychology, doi:10.1007/s12144-017-9567-y

Reynolds, J. J., & McCrea, S.M. (2017). Spontaneous violent and homicide thoughts in four homicide contexts. Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law, 24, 605-627.

Estrada, V., Reynolds, J. J., Freng, S., & McCrea, S. M. (2017). I don’t like the cut of your jib: Perceived facial masculinity as a cue to criminality. Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law, 24, 392-409.

McCrea, S. M., Geršak, G., & Novak, D. (2017). Absolute and relative user perception of classification accuracy in an affective videogame. Interacting with Computers, 29, 271-286.

Jaconis, M., Boyd, S. J., Hartung, C., McCrea, S. M., Canu, W. H., Lefler, E. K. (2016). Sex differences in claimed and behavioral self-handicapping and ADHD symptomatology. ADHD Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders, 8, 205-214.

Reynolds, J. J., & McCrea, S.M. (2016). Life history theory and exploitative strategies. Evolutionary Psychology, 14, 1474704916659483.

Reynolds, J. J., & McCrea, S. M. (2016). The Dual Component Theory of Inhibition Regulation: A new model of self-control. New Ideas in Psychology, 41, 8-17.

 

Grant Activity:

2017-2020  A Kinder, Gentler Technology: Enhancing Human-Machine Symbiosis Using Adaptive, Personalized Affect-Aware Systems, PI Domen Novak (UW), NSF 1717705

2015  Treatment noncompliance as a form of self-handicapping behavior, University of Wyoming (PI)

2014  Overcoming collective defensiveness with implementation intentions, University of Konstanz (collaboration with PI Dr. Lukas Thuermer, University of Konstanz)

 

External Research Collaborators:

Dr. Peter M. Gollwitzer, New York University; University of Konstanz (Germany)

Dr. Edward R. Hirt, Indiana University

Dr. Lukas Thuermer, University of Konstanz

Dr. Frank Wieber, University of Konstanz (Germany)


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Sean McCrea, Ph.D.

University of Wyoming

Department of Psychology

Department 3415

Laramie , WY 82071

Fax: 307 -766-2926

Email: smccrea@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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