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.