About the Lab

The successful attainment of goals is a multi-determined process. At several stages along the road to goal achievement, people face self-regulatory challenges that threaten to hinder progress. How do people overcome obstacles and difficulties in order to successfully meet the goals they set? How do they resist temptations, regulate emotions, ignore distractions, and disengage from unworthy pursuits?

The Regulation, Action, and Motivated Perception (RAMP) Lab explores the social cognitive and perceptual processes that predict and promote effective goal pursuit. Using a multi-method approach that incorporates perceptual, behavioral, and psychophysiological methods, we test the conscious and nonconscious processes that assist people in mitigating threats, attaining rewards, and resisting temptations. Our exploration cuts across multiple domains, testing self-regulatory tools that are implicated in dieting, relationships, smoking, exercise, politics, race, gender, and climate change. Across these various pursuits, we seek to both better understand the self-regulatory strategies that people spontaneously employ as well as to develop interventions that can assist in combating some of society's most complex self-regulatory problems. 


LAB News & Events

  • Kristina Howansky received a Student Travel Award from SITAR (2017)
  • Brooke Schleyer and Shreya Bajpai received grant funding to complete their Summer Cooper Research Fellowship projects (2017)
  • Kristina Howansky won Best Student Poster Award at SPSP (2017)
  • Kristina Howansky and Janna Kline received Graduate Student Travel Awards from SPSP (2017)
  • Sam Klein received the Eastern Regional Research Award at EPA (2017)
  • Shana Cole co-organized the New Insights into Affective and Behavioral Regulatory Processes Conference at Rutgers (2017)
  • Janna Kline won the Social Psychology Area Award for Exceptional Teaching (2017)
  • Janna Kline won the Social Psychology Area Award for Departmental Service (2017)
  • Analia Albuja and Kim Chaney won the Social Psychology Area Awards for Exceptional Research (2017)
  • Daniel Robinson received honorable mention for his Aresty Poster (2017)
  • Thomas Buchenot presented his research at the Honors Symposium (2017)
  • Olivia Wallden, Daniel Robinson, Brooke Schleyer presented their research posters at the Aresty Symposium (2017)
  • Shana Cole, Kristina Howansky, & Analia Albuja received the Wayne F. Placek Grant for LGBT research from APA (2016)
  • Ankita Huckoo received the distinction of Henry Rutgers Scholar and the Phillips Award for Outstanding Thesis for her honors thesis (2016)
  • Sam Klein and Caitlyn Smith received grant funding to complete their Summer Cooper Research Fellowship projects (2017)
  • Kristina Howansky won the Social Psychology Area Award for Exceptional Teaching (2016)
  • Kristina Howansky was Student Poster Award Runner-Up at SPSP (2016)
  • Caitlyn Smith received honorable mention for her Aresty Poster (2016)
  • Kristina Howansky received the Hybrid Grant Course Conversion Award to convert her Quantitative Methods course to hybrid format (2016)
  • Shana Cole won the Association for Psychological Science Rising Star Award at APS (2015)
  • Kristina Howansky won the Social Psychology Area Award for Departmental Service (2015)