About Us

The Motivation and Education Research Group is a research team in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC). Supervised by Professor Erika A. Patall, the Motivation and Education Research Group (MERG) consists of both graduate students and undergraduate students who conduct primary research studies and syntheses of research on issues of motivation, primarily in educational settings. Topics studied in MERG generally pertain to the environmental and interpersonal precursors to motivation and the relations between motivation and achievement outcomes across the lifespan. Research conducted by MERG members also pertains to the effectiveness of education-related strategies and interventions for motivation and achievement outcomes.