SPSP 2013

At this year’s Society of Personality and Social Psychology’s annual meeting in New Orleans, Erika, Ariana, and Scott are presenting their research. The title of their poster presentation is “The Role of Uniqueness Expression in the Effects of Choosing.” Below is their abstract:

Choosing is a central aspect of people’s lives and a powerful strategy for supporting well-being. This study investigated whether successfully expressing one’s self as unique is a required characteristic of choices that lead to motivational benefits. Participants were asked to engage in a gift-wrapping task and were either provided choices of gift-wrapping materials or not. Choice participants were also informed that their selections were either highly, moderately, or not at all unique. Results suggested that choosing enhanced the motivation only when participants believed that their choices were moderately unique. The effect of choosing was no different from not choosing when selections were perceived to be highly or not at all unique.

Stop on by on Friday, January 18, 6:30 – 8:00 pm to see their poster, and laissez les bon temps rouler!