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Unfulfilled Goals Interfere with Other, Unrelated Pursuits

Title: Unfulfilled Goals Interfere with Other, Unrelated Pursuits.
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Name(s): Masicampo, E. J., author
Baumeister, Roy F., professor directing thesis
Kaschak, Michael P., committee member
Maner, Jon K., committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2008
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Evidence of an automatic tendency to think about and attend to one's unfulfilled goals led us to examine whether unfulfilled goals can distract from other, unrelated pursuits. In three studies, we manipulated goal frustration or goal failure in an initial task and then measured pursuit of an ostensibly unrelated goal during a second task. A goal to achieve, when frustrated, interfered with the unrelated goal to diet (Study 1). Failure to fulfill an honesty goal led to decrements in intellectual performance (Study 2). Furthermore, results from Study 2 suggest that unfulfilled goals remain active through later tasks and that this activation causes decrements in task performance. While goal frustration interfered with other pursuits, fulfilling a goal after an initial period of frustration eliminated this interference effect (Study 3). These studies show that the ability to pursue a goal may be hampered when one's prior goals have been left unfulfilled.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2680 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2008.
Date of Defense: March 26, 2008.
Keywords: Self-regulation, Goal Pursuit
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Roy F. Baumeister, Professor Directing Thesis; Michael P. Kaschak, Committee Member; Jon K. Maner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-2680
Owner Institution: FSU

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Masicampo, E. J. (2008). Unfulfilled Goals Interfere with Other, Unrelated Pursuits. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-2680