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.

Continuing Research: North Korean and American Instability, China’s Duality

In this academic year, I will be continuing my research from this summer. My efforts to realize and classify the relationships between China, North Korea, and the United States have been and will continue to be aided by historical documents from the early 2000s via WikiLeaks. To supplement this knowledge, I will use personal memoirs, official productions and documents, and sundry other sources, in an effort to produce a complete picture of modern relations.

The goal of this project is not only to further current understandings of the delicate imbroglio and power struggles regarding North Korea but also to determine the practicality of present strategies by the United States. Communications between nations are tense and current leadership of both North Korea and the United States is unpredictable, and do not follow historical trends. Similarly, China seems to be reaching a tipping point of sorts, and will likely be forced to make bold decisions to settle one of the leaders of the other two nations.

Unlike Beijing’s tepid actions of the past, the U.S.’s observatory but inactive involvement, and North Korea’s “all bark and no bite,” every piece of this political puzzle is now in motion. By understanding the new action plans in Washington and the statements by the UN and foreign bodies, this research seeks to erase the confounding variables of the situation and determine key factors of decision-making for each party. The next academic year will be spent furthering conclusions from my previous study. Namely, I will seek to further clarify my conclusions from the summer project that China must maintain its precarious duality of an alliance. I will also utilize relevant historic actions of the U.S. to create policy suggestions for the future of the nuclear situation and unraveling of North Korean relations.