Goal pursuit is an emotion-laden eandeavor. We cheer at successes and frown at setbacks in our pursuits.

We study how emotions and affects affect the way we approach goal pursuit, resolve goal conflicts, and interact with social others’ goal pursuit. Sample questions we try to answer are:

What emotional states favor long-term goal pursuit?
How do social emotions such as gratitude facilitate the flow of goals among individuals?

  • Sasaki, E., Jia, L., Lwa, H. Y., & Goh, M. T. (in press). Gratitude inhibits competitive behavior in threatening interactions. Cognition and Emotion.
  • Tong, E. M. W., & Jia, L. (2017). Positive emotion, appraisal, and the role of appraisal overlap in positive emotion co-occurrence. Emotion, 17, 40-54.
  • Ho, S., Tong, E. M. W., & Jia, L. (2016). Authentic and hubristic pride: Differential effects on delay of gratification. Emotion, 16, 1147-1156.
  • Jia, L., Lee, L. N. & Tong, E. M. W. (2015). Gratitude facilitates behavioral mimicry. Emotion, 15, 134-138.
  • Jia, L., Tong, E. M. W., & Lee, L. N. (2014). Psychological “gel” to bind individuals’ goal pursuit: Gratitude facilitates goal contagion. Emotion, 14, 748-760.