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Leigh Ann Vaughn

Leigh Ann Vaughn

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My research is about how people make sense of their internal states, and how that process affects their motivation and social judgments. For example, my students and I have found that feelings associated with regulatory fit (congruence between strategies of goal pursuit and one's regulatory focus) can increase or decrease motivation, depending on one's decision rules for stopping a task. We currently have several lines of research on how regulatory focus, processing fluency, and/or mood can have context-dependent effects on thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

Primary Interests:

  • Causal Attribution
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • Vaughn, L. A. (2010). Regulatory fit and persuasion through advocacy messages and narratives [Monograph]. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishers.
  • Schwarz, N., & Vaughn, L. A. (2002). The availability heuristic revisited: Ease of recall and content of recall as distinct sources of information. In T. Gilovich, D. Griffin, & D. Kahneman (Eds.), Current perspectives on judgment under uncertainty (2nd ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Blanchard, F. A., Lilly, T., & Vaughn, L. A. (2003). Reducing the expression of racial prejudice. In S. Plous (Ed.), Understanding prejudice and discrimination (pp. 467-473). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Courses Taught:

  • Personality Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Senior Seminar: Social Cognition
  • Social Judgment Research Team
  • Social Psychology

Leigh Ann Vaughn
Department of Psychology
1119 Williams Hall
Ithaca College
Ithaca, New York 14805
United States

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