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Hanging on or Letting Go? Motivation and Self-Regulation of Goal Strivings Seminar

Time:
16:00 - 17:00
Date:
27 February 2014
Venue:
Psychology Department Room 3095, Building 44 (Shackleton) Highfield Campus Southampton SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Allyson Marchi on 02380 599645 or email A.Marchi@soton.ac.uk .

Event details

The talk will present a series of field and laboratory studies which examined the role of autonomous and controlled motives for goal pursuit in predicting adaptive and maladaptive self-regulation responses when striving for an increasingly difficult but attainable goal, and when faced with an unattainable goal.

 The talk will present a series of field and laboratory studies which examined the role of autonomous and controlled motives for goal pursuit in predicting adaptive and maladaptive self-regulation responses when striving for an increasingly difficult but attainable goal, and when faced with an unattainable goal.  Antecedents, mediators, and outcomes of the relations between goal motives and goal regulation were also tested.

Autonomous goal motives positively predicted objectively assessed- persistence with increasingly difficult goals, and the cognitive ease of reengagement with an alternative goal in the face of an unattainable goal, especially when participants realized goal unattainability relatively early during goal striving. Autonomous motives, however, were negative predictors of the cognitive ease of disengagement from an unattainable goal. Controlled goal motives were not related to effective regulation of difficult or unattainable goals. Future directions for research on the role of motivation for effective regulation of goal strivings will be discussed.

Speaker information

Professor Nikos Ntoumanis, University of Birmingham. Professor Nikos Ntoumanis is interested in personal and contextual factors that optimise motivation and promote performance, psychological well-being and health-conducive behaviours in various physical activity settings (exercise, sport, physical education).

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