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Catalina Kopetz

Catalina Kopetz

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My main research interests focus on self-regulation phenomena from the perspective of motivation as cognition. I am particularly interested in how the dynamic relation between goals and means within a particular goal-system, as well as between different goal-systems set in place in specific circumstances may influence one's course of action.

One intriguing aspect of self-regulation is that people are often unaware of the real motives driving their behavior. My research seeks to understand the unconscious aspect of self-regulation in terms of goal-means and inter-goal associations and to explore its implications for both normal (e.g., self-regulation of dieting behavior, consumer decision making) and abnormal behavior (e.g., risk taking and addiction).

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Kopetz, C., Hofmann, W., & Wiers, R. W. (in press). On the selection and balancing of multiple selfish goals. Commentary, Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
  • Desrichard, O., & Kopetz, C. (2005). A threat in the elder: The impact of task instructions and self-efficacy on memory performance in the elderly. European Journal of Social Psychology, 35(4), 537-552.
  • Kopetz, C., Faber, T., Fishbach, A., & Kruglanski, A. (2011). Multifinality constraints effect: How goal multiplicity narrows the means set to a focal end. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100(5), 810-826.
  • Kopetz, C., & Kruglanski, A. W. (2008). Effects of accessibility and instantiation on the use of piecemeal and category information in impression formation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34(5), 692-705.
  • Kopetz, C., Kruglanski, A. W., Arens, Z., Etkin, J., & Macrea Jonhson, H. (2012). A goal-systemic approach to consumer behavior. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 22, 208-223.
  • Kopetz, C., Kruglanski, A. W. Chen, X., & Orehek, E. (2008). Goal systemic effects in the context of choice and social judgment. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2(6), 2071-2089.
  • Kopetz, C., Lejuez, C. W., Wiers, R., & Kruglanski, A. W. (2013). Motivation and self-regulation mechanisms in addiction: A call for convergence. Perspectives in Psychological Science, 8(1), 3-24.
  • Kopetz, C., Pickover, A., Magidson, J., Richards, R., Iwamoto, D., & Lejuez, C. (2013). Gender and social rejection as risk factors for engagement in risky sexual behavior among crack cocaine users. Prevention Science.
  • Kopetz, C., Reynolds, E. K, Hart, C. L, Kruglanski, A. W., & Lejuez, C. W. (2010). Social context and perceived effects of drugs on sexual behavior among individuals who use both heroin and cocaine. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 18(3), 214-220.
  • Kruglanski, A. W., Belanger, J., Chen, X., Kopetz, C., Pierro, A., & Mannetti, L. (2012). The energetics of motivated cognition: A force field analysis. Psychological Review, 119(1), 1-20.
  • Kruglanski, A. W., Kopetz, C., Belanger, J., Chun, W. Y., Orehek, E., & Fishbach, A. (2013). Features of Multifinality: Effects of Goal Plurality on Means Preferences. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 17(1), 22-39

Other Publications:

  • Kruglanski, A. W., & Kopetz, C. (2010). Confronting the self-control challenge: Unpacking the dilemma and its modes of resolution. In R. Hassin, K. Ochsner, & Y. Trope (Eds.), Self-control (pp 297-311). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Kruglanski, A. W., & Kopetz, C. (2009). The role of goal-systems in self-regulation. In E. Morsella, J. A. Bargh, & P. M. Gollwitzer (Eds.), The psychology of action (Vol 2): The mechanisms of human action (pp. 350-367). Oxford University Press.
  • Kruglanski, A. W., & Kopetz, C. (2009). What is so special (and non-special) about goals? A view from the cognitive perspective. G. B. Moskowitz and H. Grant (Eds.), Goals (pp. 27-55). New York: Guilford Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • Experimental Psychology: Social processes
  • Goals Structure and Dynamics
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Social Cognition

Catalina Kopetz
Department of Psychology
5057 Woodward Ave, 7th Floor
Detroit, Michigan 48202
United States

  • Phone: (301) 405-7099

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