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Selected lab publications

For a full list of publications, please see Dr. Shana Cole's Google Scholar profile



Svensson, H. Shoots-Reinhard, B. & Cole, S. (in press). COVID-19 and threats to goal scripts: Reimagining goals during a global pandemic. Social and Personality Psychology Compass.

Wetzel, G. M., Sanchez, D. T., & Cole, S. (2023). Feasibility cues during a sexual encounter impact the strength of heterosexual women’s orgasm goal pursuit. The Journal of Sex Research.

Leduc-Cummings, I., Werner, K. M., Milyavskaya, M., Dominick, J. K., & Cole, S. (2022). Experiencing obstacles during goal pursuit: The role of goal motivation and trait self-control. Journal of Research in Personality, 99, 104231.

Howansky, K., Bonagura, D., Wittlin, N., & Cole, S. (2022). Him, her, them, or none: Misgendering and degendering of transgender individuals. Psychology & Sexuality, 13,  1026-1040.

Balcetis, E., Guenther, C., Pesantes, J., & Cole, S. (2021). Where you look and how far you go: The relationship between attentional styles and running performance. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, 100014.

Cole, S., Dominick, J. K., & Balcetis, E. (2021). Out of reach and under control: Distancing as a self-control strategy. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 47, 939-952.

Balcetis, E., Cole, S., & Duncan. D. (2021). How walkable neighborhoods promote physical activity:  Policy implications for development and renewal. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 7, 173-180.

Dominick, J.K. & Cole, S. (2020). Goals as identities: Boosting perceptions of healthy-eater identity for easier goal pursuit. Motivation and Emotion, 44, 410-426.

Howansky, K., Albuja, A., & Cole, S. (2020). Seeing gender: Perceptual representations of transgender individuals. Social and Personality Psychological Science, 11, 474-482.

Balcetis, E., Riccio, M., Duncan, D., & Cole, S. (2019). Keeping the goal in sight: Testing the influence of narrowed visual attention on physical activity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46, 485–496.

Howansky, K., Dominick, J.K., & Cole, S. (2018). The look of success or failure: Biased self-perceptions serve as informational feedback during goal pursuit. Motivation Science, 5, 314–325.

Mallinas, S., Crawford, J., & Cole, S. (2018). Political opposites do not attract: The effects of ideological dissimilarity on impression formation. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 6, 49-75.

Cole, S., Trope, Y., & Balcetis. E. (2016). In the eye of the betrothed: Perceptual downgrading in romantic self-control conflicts. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42, 879-892.

Balcetis, E., Cole, S., & Bisi, A. (2016). Near and nothing to it: Perceived proximity improves exercise by increasing feasibility appraisals. Motivation Science, 1, 203-218.

Stern, C., Balcetis, E., Cole, S., West, T., & Caruso, E. (2016). Government instability shifts skin tone representations of and intentions to vote for political candidates. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 110, 76-95.

Cole, S., Riccio, M., & Balcetis, E. (2014). Focused and fired up: Narrowed attention produces perceived proximity and increases goal-relevant action. Motivation and Emotion, 38, 815-822.

Cole, S., & Balcetis, E. (2013). Sources of resources: Bioenergetic and psychoenergetic resources influence distance perception. Social Cognition, 31, 711-722.

Cole, S., Balcetis, E., & Dunning, D. (2013). Affective signals of threat increase perceived proximity. Psychological Science, 24, 34-40. 

Cole, S., Balcetis, E., & Zhang, S. (2013). Visual perception and regulatory conflict: Motivation and physiology influence distance perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 142, 18-22.

Riccio, M., Cole, S., & Balcetis, E. (2013). Seeing the expected, the desired, and the feared: Influences on perceptual interpretation and directed attention. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, 401-414.

Stern, C., Cole, S., Gollwitzer, P., Oettingen, G., & Balcetis, E. (2013). Effects of implementation intentions on anxiety, perceived proximity, and motor performance. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 623-635. 



Balcetis, E., & Cole, S. (in press).  A dynamic perspective on visual perception in social cognition and action. Handbook of Social Cognition.

Cole, S. & Balcetis, E. (2021). Motivated perception for self-regulation: How visual experience serves and is served by goals. Advances in Experimental Psychology, 64, 129-186.

Balcetis, E., Cole, S., & Sherali, S. (2014). The motivated and mindful perceiver: Relationships among motivated perception, mindfulness, and self-regulation. In E. Langer, Ngnoumen, & Le, A. (Eds). Handbook of Mindfulness (pp. 200-215). New York: Wiley. 


Balcetis, E., & Cole, S. (2014). Motivated distance perception serves action regulation. In Forgas, J. & Harmon-Jones, E. (Eds). The Control Within: Motivation and its Regulation. New York: Psychology Press.

Balcetis, E., & Cole, S. (2013). On misers, managers, and monsters: The social cognition of visual perception. In Carlston, D. (Ed). Handbook of Social Cognition. (pp. 329-351). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cole, S., & Balcetis, E. (2010). Of visions and desires: Biased perceptions can serve self-protective functions. In C. Sedikides & M. Alicke (Eds). Handbook of Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection (pp. 155-173). New York: Guilford Press. 

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