Our lab has ongoing interests in basic social cognitive, motivational, and creativity processes that are related to goal pursuit. This line of research complements our focus on the context. Sample questions include:

How do epistemic motivations affect the way we interact with the social context?
How are creativity processes related to goal pursuit?

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