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Sean McCrea

Sean McCrea

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My current research interests broadly focus on the interplay of motivational and cognitive processes. Our laboratory is currently focusing on self-handicapping among stigmatized groups, including those lower in SES, women in STEM, and first-generation college students. Other areas of research include: feedback in affective computing, defensiveness in groups, procrastination, self-compassion, self-control, and legal decision-making.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Causal Attribution
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • McCrea, S. M., & Vann, R. (in press). Postactional goal pursuit: consequences of task completion for thought content, affect, and behavioral intentions. Motivation and Emotion.
  • Reynolds, J. J.*, & McCrea, S.M. (in press). Environmental constraints on the functionality of inhibitory self-control: Sometimes you have to eat the donut. Self and Identity. doi: 10.1080/15298868.2017.1354066
  • Thuermer, J. L., & McCrea, S. M., (in press). Beyond motivated reasoning: Hostile reactions to critical comments from the outgroup. Motivation Science.
  • Thuermer, J. L., McCrea, S. M., & McIntyre, B.* (in press). Motivated collective defensiveness: Group members prioritize counter-arguing over getting their work done. Social Psychological & Personality Science.
  • Vann, R., Rosa, J., & McCrea, S. M. (2018). When consumers struggle: Action crisis and its effects on problematic goal pursuit. Psychology and Marketing, 35, 696-709. DOI: 10.1002/mar.21116

Courses Taught:

  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Motivation
  • Psychology of the Self
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Self-Regulation
  • Social Judgment

Sean McCrea
Department of Psychology
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, Wyoming 82071
United States of America

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