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Catalina Kopetz

Catalina Kopetz

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My research focuses on self-regulation phenomena from the perspective of motivation as cognition. I am particularly interested in identifying and understanding the mechanisms that underlie goal pursuit and the management of multiple goals and goal conflict. My research investigates these basic mechanisms that govern human action in general, and in particular it attempts to understand their functioning in health-relevant judgment and behavior (e.g. dieting, substance use, HIV risk behavior).

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • 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., Hofmann, W., & Wiers, R. W. (2014). On the selection and balancing of multiple selfish goals. Commentary, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 147-148.
  • 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. (2014). Gender and social rejection as risk factors for engagement in risky sexual behavior among crack cocaine users. Prevention Science, 15(3), 376-384.
  • 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. Chernikova, M., Rosensweig, E., Kopetz, C. (2014). On motivational readiness. Psychological Review, 121, 367-388.
  • 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. Chernikova, M., Kopetz, C. (2015). Emerging trends in motivation science: The “What“ and the “How“ of willing and striving. In Scott, R. & Kosslyn, S. (Eds.). Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • 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: (313) 577-0962

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