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Anne Wilson Identity Motivation and Perception Extended in Time and Society Lab


Motivated reasoning; self-enhancement


How are people’s judgments, perceptions, beliefs, memories, and predictions influenced by motivated reasoning? That is, when and how do people recruit information that helps them to come to their preferred conclusion?


Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Hideg, I., & Wilson, A.E. (2020). Bringing up past injustices make majority groups defensive. Harvard Business Review

Hideg, I., & Wilson, A.E. (2020). History backfires: Reminders of past injustices against women undermine support for workplace policies promoting women. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. 156, 176-189.

Soliman, M., Alisat, S., Bashir, N., & Wilson, A. (2018). Wrinkles in time and drops in the bucket: Circumventing social and temporal barriers to environmental engagement. Sage Open. Special Collection: Climate Change. 1-10. DOI: 10.1177/2158244018774826

Ward, C., & Wilson, A. E. (2015). Implicit theories of change and stability moderate effects of subjective distance on the remembered self. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.


Leith, S., Ward, C., Giacomin, M., Landau, E., Ehrlinger, J., & Wilson, A. E.  (2014). Changing theories of change: Strategic shifting in implicit theory endorsement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107, 597-620. doi: 10.1037/a0037699


Peetz, J. & Wilson, A. E. (2014). Marking time: Selective use of temporal landmarks as barriers between current and future selves. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 44-56.


Gunn, G., & Wilson, A. E. (2011). Acknowledging the skeletons in our closet: The effect of group-affirmation on collective guilt, collective shame, and reparatory attitudes. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37(11), 1474-1487. DOI: 10.1177/0146167211413607


Wilson, A. E., & Ross, M. (2011).  The role of time in self-enhancement and self-protection. In C. Sedikides & M. Alicke (Eds.). Handbook of Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection, (pp. 112-127). New York, NY: The Guilford Press. 


Perunovic, W. Q. E., & Wilson, A. E. (2009). Subjective proximity of future selves: Implications for current identity, future appraisal, and goal pursuit motivation. In K. Markman, W. M. P. Klein, & J. Suhr (Eds.), Handbook of imagination and mental simulation. (pp. 347-358). New York, NY: Psychology Press.


Wilson, A. E., Gunn, G. & Ross. M. (2009). The role of subjective time in identity regulation. Applied Cognitive Psychology: Special Issue Exploring the Functions of Autobiographical Memory, 23, 1164-1178.


Peetz, J., & Wilson, A. E. (2008). The temporally extended self: The relation of past and future selves to current identity, motivation, and goal pursuit. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2, 2090-2106.


Strahan, E. J., & Wilson, A. E. (2006). Temporal comparisons and motivation: The relation between past, present, and possible future selves. In C. Dunkel & J. Kerpelman (Eds.). Possible selves: Theory, research, and application. (pp. 1-15). Nova Science Publishers.


Cameron, J. J., Wilson, A. E., & Ross, M. (2004). Autobiographical memory and self-assessment. In D. R. Beike, J. M. Lampinen, & D. A. Behrend (Eds.), The Self and Memory (pp. 207-226). New York: Psychology Press.


Ross, M., & Wilson, A. E. (2003). Autobiographical memory and conceptions of self: Getting better all the time. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12, 66-69.


Wilson, A. E., & Ross, M. (2003). The identity function of autobiographical memory: Time is on our side. Invited paper in Memory: Special Issue Exploring the Functions of Autobiographical Memory, 11, 137-149.


Wood, J. V. & Wilson, A. E. (2003). How important are social comparisons for self-evaluation? In M. R. Leary & J. P. Tangney (Eds.). Handbook of self and identity (pp. 344-366). New York: Guilford Press.


Ross, M., & Wilson, A. E. (2002). It feels like yesterday: Self-esteem, valence of personal past experiences, and judgments of subjective distance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 82, 792-803.


Wilson, A. E., & Ross, M. (2001). From chump to champ: People’s appraisals of their earlier and present selves. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 80, 572–584.


Ross, M., & Wilson, A. E. (2000). Constructing and appraising past selves. In D. L. Schacter & E. Scarry (Eds.), Memory, brain, and belief. (pp. 231-258). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


Wilson, A. E., & Ross, M. (2000). The frequency of temporal-self and social comparisons in people’s personal appraisals. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 78, 928-942.



Motivated reasoning

Goal pursuit


How do people think about and pursue their long-term goals, and when are they derailed by short-term temptations?


Journal Articles & Book Chapters


Evans, M. B., Shanahan, E., Leith, S., Litvak, N., Wilson, A. E. (2019). Living for today or tomorrow? Self-regulation amidst proximal or distal exercise outcomes. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being, 11(2), 304–327.

Evans, M. B., Cooke, L. M., Murray, R. A., & Wilson, A. E. (2014). The sooner, the better: Temporally proximal exercise outcomes promote intrinsic motivation. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. DOI: 10.1111/aphw.12032


Evans, M. B., & Wilson, A. E. (2014). Temporal distance to future selves in exercise: Relations with intention-behaviour congruency and outcome expectations. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 3, 184-190. doi: 10.1037/spy0000014


Bashir, N., Wilson, A. E., Lockwood, P., Chasteen, A., & Alisat, S. (2014). The time for action is now: Subjective temporal proximity enhances pursuit of remote-future goals. Social Cognition, 32, 83-93.


Peetz, J., Jordan, C. & Wilson, A. E. (2013). Implicit appraisals of the self over time. Self and Identity, 1-28.


Peetz, J., & Wilson, A. E.  (2013). The post birthday world: Consequences of temporal landmarks for temporal self-appraisal and motivation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 249-267.


Peetz, J., Buehler, R., & Wilson, A. E. (2010). Planning for the near and distant future: How does temporal distance affect task completion predictions? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 709-720.


Peetz, J., Wilson, A. E., & Strahan, E. J. (2009). So far away: The role of subjective temporal distance to future goals in motivation and behavior. Social Cognition, 27, 475-495.

Goal pursuit
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