I am the Director of the Motivation, Individual Differences, and Stereotypes in Cognition (MISC) Lab.  Please click here for lab information.

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The MISC Lab is focused on understanding the structure and content of mental representations.  In one line of research, the lab examines the influence of individual and motivational differences on cognitive processing by studying how individual difference variables, such as regulatory focus, interact with task environments.  For example, a set of studies demonstrated how induced or chronic negative stereotypes interact with the task reward structure (e.g., gaining points) to produce performance decrements consistent with stereotype threat.  In another line of research, the lab examines the cognitive benefits of embodied representations, which are generated by physical movements or by video game environments.