Motivation and Cognitive Science Laboratory

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:

Kentaro Fujita KENTARO FUJITA received his B.A. in psychology from Harvard College, and his M.A. and PhD. in psychology from New York University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at OSU. He is broadly interested in how motivation and cognition dynamically interact to influence evaluation, judgment, decision, and behavior. His most recent work examines the cognitive and motivational mechanisms that underlie self-control decisions and other self-regulatory phenomena. He is also interested in what motivates change at the individual-, group-, and system-level. [pdf]

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWS:

Asael Sklar ASAEL SKLAR received his B.A. and M.A in psychology, and completed his graduate studies in psychology in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Ohio State university Psychology department. His research interests include consciousness, high level unconscious processing, high level cognition and self-control, as well as their intersections. He is currently studying how different factors, including individual differences shape the contents of conscious experience and the cognitive and motivational underpinnings of self-control processes.

DOCTORAL STUDENTS:

Nicole Dusthimer NICOLE DUSTHIMER received her B.A. in psychology from Miami University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at The Ohio State University. Her research primarily focuses on the role of motivation and cognition in how we achieve our goals and self-control success. In particular, her current work focuses on understanding the role of construal level in how people succeed or fail in self-control.
Stephanie D. Freis STEPHANIE D. FREIS received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Social Psychology at The Ohio State University. Her research primarily investigates attributes of the self and motivation, particularly focused on the similarities and differences between grandiose and vulnerable narcissism. Current projects explore how both narcissists have a high need for distinctiveness but differ in how they regulate that need, either through a promotion or prevention focus.
Tina Nguyen TINA NGUYEN received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Oklahoma. Tina is currently a first-year student in Social Psychology doctoral program at The Ohio State University. Her research interests broadly include motivation, goals, and self-regulation. Her current projects aim to identify specific cognitive mechanisms (such as construal level) that facilitate different types of self-regulation.

LAB ALUMNI:

JENN BELDING, PHD
JESSICA CARNEVALE, PHD
MAUREEN CRAIG, PHD
KATHERINE M. DARWENT, PHD
H. ANNA HAN, PHD
SARA GREAVEST, PHD
GINA M. HOOVER, PHD
INDIA R. JOHNSON, PHD
KAREN MACGREGOR, PHD
REYLISSA MIRANTI, M.A.
JOSEPH C. ROBERTS, PHD
JO SASOTA, PHD
BRITTANY SHOOTS-REINHARD, PHD
PAUL STILLMAN, PHD