- Work motivation
- Performance in multiple-task environments
- Decision making under uncertainty
My research interests revolve around the dynamics of work motivation and performance. While it is generally assumed that high motivation is beneficial for performance and low motivation is detrimental for performance, in my research I question this basic assumption and examine when and why the opposite is true. My three main research projects are my dissertation on the hidden costs of intrinsic motivation, my paper on procrastination and creativity that is currently under revision, and my project on the motivational consequences of having a plan B. My research demonstrates that high intrinsic motivation can actually have negative effects on performance, procrastination (a lack of motivation) can sometimes be beneficial for creativity, and forming a plan B (additional motivation in another direction) might have unintended costs for plan A performance.