Current Research and Teaching Interests:
Throughout my career as a social psychologist my interests have centered on how
people form judgments, beliefs, impressions and attitudes and what consequences
this has for their interpersonal relations, their interaction in groups and
their feelings about various "out groups". In connection with these interests I
have formulated a theory of lay epistemics (Kruglanski, 1989) that specified how
thought and motivation interface in the formation of subjective knowledge.
The work on lay epistemics has branched in several directions the major which were (1) research on epistemic motivations, need for cognitive closure in particular (2) a unified conception of the parameters of human judgment that offers an integrative alternative (known as the "unimodel") to previous theorizing in a variety of social judgment domains (having to do with persuasion, stereotyping, attribution, and statistical reasoning among others), (3) a "motivation as cognition" research program that resulted in our recent theory of goal systems.
My interest in motivation has also led to a fruitful collaboration with Tory Higgins on (4) the regulatory mode theory in which we distinguish between two fundamental aspects of self-regulation having to do with "locomotion" (encapsulated in the "just do it" dictum) and "assessment" (representing a concern with "doing the right thing").
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