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Research Interests for Paul A. O'Keefe

Faculty Mentor: Shah

Research Interests:
The pursuit of achievement goals and the roles of motivation, self-regulation, and affect.

Intrinsic motivation, Interest, Goal pursuit, Achievement motivation, Theories of Intelligence
Current projects:
Associations between ability beliefs, achievement goals, cognitive styles, and social sensitivities
Effects of mastery-oriented environments on achievement goals and the self
Self-regulatory dynamics of implicit theories of intelligence
Achievement perceptions and the transition to college
Automatic self-control and effective goal pursuit
How the qualities of means affect goal pursuit
Non-depleting effects of interest
Areas of Interest:

Intrinsic motivation
Goal pursuit
Achievement motivation
Theories of Intelligence

Representative Publications   (search)
  1. O’Keefe, P. A., & Shah, J. Y., Approaching goals and avoiding temptations: The roles of context and temporal distance (in preparation)
  2. O’Keefe, P. A., & Linnenbrink-Garcia, L., Interest as a non-depleting cognitive process (in preparation)
  3. O’Keefe, P. A., Ben-Eliyahu, A., & Linnenbrink-Garcia, L., Effects of a mastery learning environment on achievement goal orientations and the self (in preparation)
  4. Grigorenko, E. L., & O'Keefe, P. A., Dealing with change: Manifestations, measurements, and methods, in Cognitive developmental change: Theories, models and measurement, edited by A. Demetriou & A. Raftopoulos (2004), New York, NY: Cambridge University Press
  5. Grigorenko, E. L., & O'Keefe, P. A., What do children do when they cannot go to school?, in Culture and competence: Contexts of life success, edited by R. J. Sternberg & E. L. Grigorenko (2004), Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

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