My research centers on self-regulation, the pursuit of important goals and motives (like achievement, health, and romantic goals) in everyday life, and on how self-regulatory processes can shape subjective experience. Most of my work examines the role of these self-regulatory processes within the context of interpersonal relationships, such as those with family members, friends, and romantic partners. For example, I am interested in how people's relationships affect their ability to achieve goals, and in how their goal pursuits affect the quality of their interpersonal relationships.
- Applied Social Psychology
- Close Relationships
- Interpersonal Processes
- Motivation, Goal Setting
- Social Cognition
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- Cavallo, J. C., Fitzsimons, G.M., & Holmes, J. G. (2010). When self-protection overreaches: Relationship-specific threat activates domain-general avoidance motivation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1-8.
- Fitzsimons, G. M., & Fishbach, A. (2010). Shifting closeness: Interpersonal effects of personal goal progress. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 98, 535-549.
- Fitzsimons, G. M., & Finkel, E. J. (2010). Interpersonal influences on self-regulation. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 101-105.
- Cavallo, J. C., Fitzsimons, G. M., & Holmes, J. G. (2009). Taking chances in the face of threat: Romantic risk regulation and approach motivation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 737-751.
- Fitzsimons, G. M., & Shah, J. Y. (2009). Confusing one instrumental other for another: Goal effects on social categorization. Psychological Science, 20, 1468-1472.
- Berger, J. M., & Fitzsimons, G. M. (2008). Why coastal dwellers may prefer Tide: The effects of indirect environmental cues on evaluation and choice. Journal of Marketing Research, 45, 1-14.
- Fitzsimons, G. M., & Shah, J. (2008). How goal instrumentality shapes relationship evaluations. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 95, 319-337.
- Fitzsimons, G. M., Chartrand, T. L., & Fitzsimons, G. J. (2008). Automatic effects of brand exposure on motivated behavior: How Apple makes you “think different.” Journal of Consumer Research, 35, 21-35.
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Social Cognition
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