Research Self-Regulation Lab

You absolutely enjoy delicious food but you also absolutely want a slim figure? You would love to sleep-in, but you also want to get up early to make your home-work? You have a hangover and you swear that you will never drink again, yet at the next party you drink too much anyhow? And what about this one: You want to quit smoking, you know all the disadvantages of this bad habit, and still, you cannot get yourself to the point of actually stop smoking…

All these topics are related to self-regulation and self-control. Research in the Self-Regulation Lab considers the basic psychological processes that guide self-regulation. In many real-life situations, people hold and intend to pursue long-term goals and at the same time experience immediate distractions, temptations, urges, and frustrations – confronting them with typical self-regulation conflicts. Research in our lab also considers the contextual and personal factors that affect self-regulation processes such as environmental cues, social norms, and personal dispositions.

Health behaviour

Our work is particularly concerned with health behavior (with an emphasis on eating behavior) and consumer behavior as prototypical examples of self-regulatory failure – and sometimes self-regulatory success. The overarching goal of our Utrecht research group is to advance the understanding of the psychological processes that lead to self-regulatory failure or success (as in either or not acting in accordance with one’s personal goals). We also aim to develop theory-driven interventions to promote self-regulatory success.

Selfregulation Lab
Members of the Self-Regulation Lab