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Abigail Scholer

Associate Professor; Social Research Area Head

Abigail Scholer. BA (Gettysburg College), PhD (Columbia University)

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Self-Regulation and Motivation Lab website

Research interests

My work focuses on self-regulation and motivation. Life demands a lot and people are rather astounding in all of the ways that they both triumph and fail in the face of such demands. In particular, I am interested in how motivational orientations affect decision-making, the regulation of self-control conflicts, and the management of change.

Selected publications

  • Bohns, V.K.*, Scholer, A.A.*, & Rehman, U. (2015). Implicit theories of attraction. Social Cognition, 33, 284-307.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scholer, A.A. (2014). When Saying Yes to the Doughnut Is Not Saying No To Self-Control: A Hierarchical Approach to Flexibility in Conflict Representation. In J. Forgas & E. Harmon-Jones (Eds.). The Control Within: Motivation and its Regulation. (pp. 247-262). New York, NY: Psychology Press.
  • 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.
  • 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. (2013). Dodging monsters and dancing with dreams: Success and failure at different levels of approach and avoidance. Emotion Review, 5, 254-258.
  • Molden, D.C., Hui, C.M., Scholer, A.A., Meier, B.P., Noreen, E.E., Martin, V.Τ, & D’Agostino, P.R. (2012). The motivational versus metabolic role of carbohydrates in self-control. Psychological Science, 23, 1137-1144.
  • Higgins, E.T., Marguc, J., & Scholer, A.A. (2012). Working under adversity: How opposing versus coping affects value. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 965-967.
  • Scholer, A.A., & Higgins, E.T. (2012). Commitment to change from locomotion motivation during deliberation. Motivation and Emotion, 36, 114-129.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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