Research Interests


My research examines the factors that contribute to self-control success vs. self-control failure.  I focus on the role of motivation, cognitive abstraction, and meta-cognition.  In my research, I have shown that exposure to word versions of self-control-relevant stimuli (as compared to picture versions of the same stimuli) promotes processes that enhance self-control, such as evaluations and choices.  I also examine the role of separate abilities to engage in concrete and abstract mental processes on self-control and other forms of self-regulation.