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Heidi Grant Halvorson

Heidi Grant Halvorson

My research is focused on three questions: To what ends do individuals strive in the world? How do people's goals structure their understanding of that world? What beliefs, values, and strategies characterize successful goal-striving?

I am particularly interested in the mechanisms of successful self-regulation -- in what contexts, with what strategies (and in pursuit of what kinds of goals) do people feel committed, expend effort, engage in active coping, experience enjoyment and interest, and persist, particularly in the face of challenge or difficulty?

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Person Perception
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Cesario, J., Grant, H., & Higgins, E. T. (2004). Regulatory fit and persuasion: Transfer from "feeling right." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86(3), 338-404.
  • Foerster, J., Grant, H., Idson, L. C., & Higgins, E. T. (2001). Success/failure feedback, expectancies, and approach/avoidance motivation: How regulatory focus moderates classic relations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 37(3), 253-260.
  • Grant, H., & Dweck, C. S. (2003). Clarifying achievement goals and their impact. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85(3), 541-553.
  • Grant, H., & Higgins, E. T. (2003). Optimism, promotion pride, and prevention pride as predictors of well-being. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 29(12), 1521-1532.
  • Spiegel, S., Grant, H., & Higgins, E. T. (2004). How regulatory fit enhances motivational strength during goal pursuit. European Journal of Social Psychology, 34(1), 39-54.

Other Publications:

  • Grant, H., & Dweck, C. S. (1999). Content vs. structure in motivation and self-regulation. In R. Wyer (Ed.), Advances in Social Cognition, Volume 12. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Courses Taught:

  • Goals and Self-Regulation
  • Motivation
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistical Analysis of Psychological Data
  • Theories in Social Psychology

Heidi Grant Halvorson
Department of Psychology
Lehigh University
17 Memorial Drive East
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015-3068
United States

  • Phone: (610) 758-5638
  • Fax: (610) 758-6277

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