Jeffrey Hughes

Ph.D. Candidate

Jeffrey Hughes standing in front of a brick wall

Social psychology

BA Honours (Waterloo), MA (Waterloo)

Supervisors: Abigail Scholer, Richard Eibach

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Research interests

My research lies at the intersection of motivation, self-regulation, and decision-making. With Abby Scholer, I am investigating how motivational orientations can influence whether and how individuals maximize when making decisions. We, along with James Beck, are also examining when and why individuals persist on a goal after experiencing a setback (in distance or speed) on that goal. In addition, Abby and I, in collaboration with Richard Eibach, are researching the role of regulatory focus in how people categorize positive and negative self-relevant traits.
 
In addition to this empirical work, I am also interested in the development of statistical methodologies and open-source programs that increase the transparency of research design and encourage open-access publications.

Publications

  • Hughes, J., & Scholer, A. A. (2014). The “whys” and the “hows” of wanting the best: The motivational goals and strategies of maximization. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Hughes, J., Grossmann, I., & Cohen, A. B. (2014). Tolerating the “Doubting Thomas”: How religious beliefs versus practices influence attitudes toward others. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Selected conference presentations

  • Hughes, J., & Scholer, A. A. (2014, April). The “whys” and the “hows” of wanting the best: A motivational perspective on maximization. Talk presented at the Graduate Psychology Discovery Conference, Waterloo, ON.
  • Hughes, J., & Scholer, A. A. (2014, February). Simply the best: Using regulatory focus and mode to reconceptualize maximization. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.
  • Hughes, J., & Scholer, A. A. (2013, November). Seeking the best or seeking alternatives: Regulatory focus and mode predict differences in the negative effects of maximization. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Toronto, ON.
  • Hughes, J., Nadolny, D. A., & Scholer, A. A. (2013, May). A goal of one’s own: Self-concordance and feminist identification in a hierarchical model. Talk presented at the Waterloo–Western Social Psychology Conference, Waterloo, ON.
  • Hughes, J., Nadolny, D. A., & Scholer, A. A. (2013, January). A goal of one’s own: Self-concordance of equality increases support for feminism. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA.
 
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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