Feb 14th, 2018 Dr. Peter Gollwitzer | Human Development

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Human Development Colloquia Spring 2018 Presents: "A Goal Perspective On Action Control And Decision Making"

Human Development Colloquia Spring 2018 Presents: "A Goal Perspective On Action Control And Decision Making"

Turning one’s motivation to engage in desired thoughts, feelings, and actions into binding goals has long been thought to be sufficient to get what we want. But goal striving often turns out to be ineffective: people fail to get started and get distracted easily once they got started. Preparing one’s goal striving in advance via making plans on when, where, and how to act (referred to as making if-then plans or forming implementation intentions) helps to promote goal attainment. The beneficial effects of making if-then plans are observed no matter whether hindrances from within the person (e.g., ego depletion) or from outside (e.g., negative social influences) are to be dealt with. In my talk, I’ll delineate the processes on which the beneficial effects of implementation intentions are based by presenting relevant research using cognitive task paradigms and assessing brain data. I’ll also report findings demonstrating that implementation intentions can be used to curb even habitual cognitive, affective, and behavioral interfering responses. In closing, I’ll address how implementation intentions can be used in behavior change interventions in the academic, the interpersonal, and the health domain. 

Dr. Peter Gollwitzer
Professor of Psychology
Chair of Department of Psychology
New York University

February 14, 2018, 11:00 AM

February 14, 2018, 12:45 PM

449 Grace Dodge Hall

Shelinna Balbuena

212-678-4190

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