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Judith Harackiewicz
Ph.D. 1980, Harvard University

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I am interested in human motivation, specifically intrinsic motivation, interest, and achievement motivation. I study how different kinds of performance evaluation and feedback influence an individual's intrinsic interest in an activity. For example, I study how achievement goals, rewards, competition, and cooperation influence task enjoyment and interest, and how personality variables moderate these effects. I am also interested in motivational issues in educational psychology, and I study how goals affect the development of interest in academic subjects. My graduate students and I do experimental laboratory studies as well as longitudinal studies in college classes.



Harackiewicz, J.M., Rozek, C.R., Hulleman, C.S., & Hyde, J.S. (2012) Helping parents to motivate adolescents in mathematics and science: An experimental test of a utility-value intervention. Psychological Science, 40, DOI: 10.1177/0956797611435530

Making connections: Helping your teen with the choices ahead (11th grade). Brochure used in research project.
Making connections: Helping your teen find value in school (10th grade). Brochure used in research project.

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Senko, C.M., Hulleman, C.S., & Harackiewicz, J.M. (2011) Achievment goal theory at the crossroads: Old controversies, current challenges, and new directions.  Educational Psychologist, 46, 26-47.

Harackiewicz, J.M. & Hulleman, C.S. (2010).  The importance of interest: The role of achievement goals and task values in promoting the development of interest.  Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4, 42-52.

Hulleman, C.S., Godes, O., Hendricks, B.L., & Harackiewicz, J.M. (2010). Enhancing interest and performance with a utility value intervention.  Journal of Educational Psychology, 102, 880-895.

Hulleman, C.S. & Harackiewicz, J.M. (2009).  Promoting interest and performance in high school science classes, Science, 326, 1410-1412.

Tauer, J.M., & Harackiewicz, J.M. (2004).  The effects of cooperation and competition on intrinsic motivation and performance.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86, 849-861.

Hulleman, C.S., Durik, A.M., Schweigert, S., & Harackiewicz, J.M. (2008). Task values, achievement goals, and interest: An integrative analysis. Journal of Educational Psychology, 100, 398-416.

Durik, A.M., Harackiewicz, J.M. (2007). Different Strokes for Different Folks: How Personal Interest Moderates the Effects of Situational Factors on Task Interest. Journal of Educational Psychology, 99, 597-610.

Harackiewicz, J.M., Durik, A.M., Barron, K.E., Linnenbrink, E.A. & Tauer, J.M. (2008). The Role of Achievement Goals in the Development of Interest: Reciprocal Relations between Achievement Goals, Interest and Performance. Journal of Educational Psychology, 100, 105-122.

Harackiewicz, J.M., Barron, K.E., Tauer, J.M., & Elliot, A.J. (2002). Predicting success in college: A longitudinal study of achievement goals and ability measures as predictors of interest and performance from freshman year through graduation. Journal of Educational Psychology, 94, 562-575.

Hidi, S., & Harackiewicz, J.M. (2000). Motivating the academically unmotivated: A critical issue for the 21st century. Review of Educational Research.

Sansone, C., & Harackiewicz, J.M. (Eds.). (2000). Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation: The search for optimal motivation and performance. New York: Academic Press.

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