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Paschal Sheeran

Paschal Sheeran

My main research interest is in self-regulation. In particular, my colleagues and I have examined how often people fail to translate their "good" intentions into action, and have analysed the types of self-regulatory problems (e.g., failures to initiate action or shield ongoing goal pursuit from unwanted influences) that give rise to the intention-behaviour "gap." My research also examines the effects of forming if-then plans or implementation intentions (Gollwitzer, 1993) in helping people to reach their goals.

Primary Interests:

  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Persuasion, Social Influence

Journal Articles:

Other Publications:

  • Gollwitzer, P. M., Jaudas, A., Parks, E., & Sheeran, P. (2008). Flexible tenacity in goal pursuit. In J. Shah & W. Gardner (Eds.), Handbook of motivation science (pp. 325-341). New York: Guilford.
  • Sheeran, P., & Webb, T. L. (2011) From goals to action. In H. Aarts & A. J. Elliot (Eds.), Goal-directed behavior. New York: Psychology Press.

Courses Taught:

  • PSY110: Social Understanding and Social Communication
  • PSY242: Social and Health Psychology
  • PSY302: Social Psychology of the Self

Paschal Sheeran
Department of Psychology
University of Sheffield
Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TN
United Kingdom

  • Phone: +44 114 222 6578
  • Fax: +44 114 276 6515

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