Yael Ecker

Yael Ecker
University of Cologne | UOC · Department of Psychology

PhD

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From health to personal property and intimate relationships, people have valuable things that require effort and care to be maintained. We present a new measure of individual differences in maintenance striving, guided by a refined theoretical perspective on maintenance. Based on the expectancy-value framework, the General Maintenance Orientation (...
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This research tested the phenomenology of maintenance goals as distinct from goals to reach better outcomes (progress goals) and goals to prevent worse outcomes (prevention goals). In Studies 1 and 2, participants reported personal goals and categorized them as maintenance, progress, or prevention. Maintenance goals played a major role in reported...
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Guiding people’s attempts to sustain current states—from health and personal relationships, to households, jobs, and the biological environment—maintenance goals are a fundamental albeit understudied aspect of human motivation. We tested how comparisons to the self and to others impact the motivation to maintain. We hypothesized that maintenance go...
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When are people motivated to maintain what they have? We tested differences in the motivation to maintain versus approach and avoidance at different distances from one’s ideal state. Although keeping things as they are (maintenance) is often equated with avoiding changes, we predicted pronounced differences between these two goals. We reasoned that...
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A plethora of theories on human motives proposes that people have a fundamental need for control and an intrinsic desire to avoid submission to others. The current paper investigated an important exception to this general claim. Five experiments show that self-control failure leads people to strategically prioritize more social submission. In Exper...
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A plethora of theories on human motives proposes that people have a fundamental need for control and an intrinsic desire to avoid submission to others. The current paper investigated an important exception to this general claim. Five experiments show that self-control failure leads people to strategically prioritize more social submission. In Exper...
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Neutral “conditioned” stimuli (CS) acquire the valence of valent “unconditioned” stimuli (US) after the stimuli are paired. This effect has often been attributed to a low-level mechanism that occurs automatically, even without awareness of the CS-US pairing. However, recent research has failed to support this assumption. In three experiments (N = 1...
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People make sense of their internal experiences by attributing them to objects (I am excited because he is here). This attribution decision influences one's opinion of the object (I like him). Misattribution occurs when the internal experience is triggered by one object (a prime), but attributed to another (a target). The present research used the...
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Neutral "conditioned" stimuli (CS) acquire the valence of valent "unconditioned" stimuli (US) after the stimuli co-occur. Because this evaluative conditioning (EC) effect seems simple and ubiquitous, many have assumed that it occurs automatically, without awareness of the CS-US co-occurrence. Yet, ample research has shown that EC happens only when...
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Feelings and cognitions influence judgment through attribution. For instance, the attribution of positive feelings and cognitions to a stimulus leads to a positive judgment of that stimulus. We examined whether misattribution is moderated by the applicability of a distractor to the judgment question. For instance, when are people more likely to att...
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We introduce the concept of Goal-Directed Allostasis (GDA), the mental process that underlies individuals’ deliberate and proactive attempts to maintain the current state of affairs. GDA is distinct from Goal-Directed Progress (GDP), the mental process that underlies the pursuit of change in the current state of affairs. We argue that GDA plays a c...
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We introduce the concept of Goal-Directed Allostasis (GDA), the mental process that underlies individuals’ deliberate and proactive attempts to maintain the current state of affairs. GDA is distinct from Goal-Directed Progress (GDP), the mental process that underlies the pursuit of change in the current state of affairs. We argue that GDA plays a c...
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We introduce the concept of Goal-Directed Allostasis (GDA), the mental process that underlies individuals’ deliberate and proactive attempts to maintain the current state of affairs. GDA is distinct from Goal-Directed Progress (GDP), the mental process that underlies the pursuit of change in the current state of affairs. We argue that GDA plays a c...
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Feelings and cognitions influence judgment through attribution. For instance, the attribution of positive feelings and cognitions to a stimulus leads to a positive judgment of that stimulus. We examined whether misattribution is moderated by the applicability of a distractor to the judgment question. For instance, when are people more likely to att...
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Feelings and cognitions influence judgment through attribution. For instance, the attribution of positive feelings and cognitions to a stimulus leads to a positive judgment of that stimulus. We examined whether misattribution is moderated by the applicability of a distractor to the judgment question. For instance, when are people more likely to att...
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The current research aimed to delineate the moral intuitions that underlie apathy toward the suffering of socially distant others. Past research has shown that people endorse in-group-focused morality, according to which the fate of socially distant others is discounted, and harm-focused morality, according to which the omission of care is viewed l...
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People make sense of their internal experiences by attributing them to objects (I am excited because he is here). This attribution decision influences one’s opinion of the object (I like him). Misattribution occurs when the internal experience is triggered by one object (a prime), but attributed to another (a target). The present research examined...
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We hypothesized that aversion to ambiguous situations and overreliance on bodily cues are positively related to people’s tendency to make erroneous attributions of internal experiences. To test this prediction, we examined the relationship between misattribution and two personality traits: need for closure (NFC) and body awareness (BA). Across four...

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