A special context within which one’s goal pursuit takes place is the broader society. Our pursuit of important goals shape and are shaped by aspects related to the community, politics, and the socio-economic environment.

Our lab examines the dynamic interplay between people’s motivated pursuit and factors of societal import. Sample questions that we study are:

What are the motivational underpinnings of national identification?
How does personal goal pursuit shape public opinion?
What motivates people to engage in intergroup conflict?

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