The Effects of Positive and Negative Event Support Provision on Self-Control, Persistence, and Goal Pursuit Blog #1

“The Effects of Positive and Negative Event Support Provision on Self-Control, Persistence, and Goal Pursuit,” is the set title of the research I am working on with Dr. Gosnell. The purpose of this study is to examine whether the provision of positive event support can increase an individual’s self-control and lead to greater persistence and goal pursuit. This research is following a prior daily diary study conducted by Dr. Gosnell.

In her prior work, Dr. Gosnell found that on days when individuals provided support to others for good things that happen to them, such as getting a good grade, being accepted for an internship, etc., these individuals would also make more progress towards their own personal goals. Our study aims to build on this initial finding to determine if manipulating the type of support provided can lead to changes in self-control and goal pursuit in a lab setting, which will allow for us to draw a more causal conclusion.

Participants will be Pace students recruited from psychology classes. The participants will come into the lab and participate in an interaction in which they will provide support for another’s event. After the support provision, participants will be asked to complete a measure of self-control and a series of questions to gauge their interest and motivation to pursue their own goals. Currently, we are doing background research to finalize our measures and prepare the study for IRB submission.