Welcome to the Social Motivation Laboratory!


Social motivation is the scientific study of how we evaluate and judge ourselves and others and then use those evaluations and judgements to guide our social interactions. We use a broad range of theories and research methods from social, personality, and evolutionary psychology to understand how individuals negotiate and repair their relationships following interpersonal transgressions. Our research is primarily focused on answering questions associated with how, why, and when intrapersonal and interpersonal factors associated with victims and transgressors influence their respective post-transgression responses such as seeking revenge, harboring grudges, forgiving, and apologizing. This research has important implications for developing and maintaining lasting, significant, and satisfying relationships with romantic partners, family members, friends, and coworkers.