Past and Current Research


Current research

The lab is currently investigating the mechanisms and moderators of vicarious goal satiation, the effects of power on cognitive processing, the link between counterfactuals and implementation intentions, and nostalgia.

Past research

Smith, P. K., McCulloch, K. C., & Schouwstra, A. (in press). Moving Closer to Reach the Top: Approach Behavior Increases One's Sense of Power. Social cognition.
McCulloch, K. C., Li, H., Hong, S., & Albarracin, D. (2012). Naïve definitions of action and inaction: The continuum, spread, and valence of behaviors. European journal of social psychology42(2), 227-234.
Schweiger Gallo, I., McCulloch, K. C., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2012). Differential effects of various types of implementation intentions on the self-regulation of disgust. Social cognition, 30(1), 1-17
Smallman, R., & McCulloch, K. C. (2012). Learning from yesterday's mistakes to fix tomorrow's problems: When functional counterfactual thinking and psychological distance collide. European Journal of Social Psychology42(3), 383-390.
McCulloch, K. C., Fitzsimons, G. M., Chua, S. N., & Albarracín, D. (2011). Vicarious goal satiation. Journal of experimental social psychology47(3), 685-688.
Gallo, I. S., Keil, A., McCulloch, K. C., Rockstroh, B., & Gollwitzer, P. M. (2009). Strategic automation of emotion regulation. Journal of personality and social psychology96(1), 11-31.
Hassin, R. R., Bargh, J. A., Engell, A. D., & McCulloch, K. C. (2009). Implicit working memory. Consciousness and cognition18(3), 665-678.
McCulloch, K. C., Aarts, H., Fujita, K., & Bargh, J. A. (2008). Inhibition in goal systems: A retrieval-induced forgetting account. Journal of experimental social psychology44(3), 857-865.
McCulloch, K. C., Albarracín, D., & Durantini, M. R. (2008). A Door to HIV‐Prevention Interventions: How Female‐Targeted Materials Can Enhance Female Participation1. Journal of Applied Social Psychology38(5), 1211-1229.
McCulloch, K. C., Ferguson, M. J., Kawada, C. C., & Bargh, J. A. (2008). Taking a closer look: On the operation of nonconscious impression formation.Journal of Experimental Social Psychology44(3), 614-623.
Albarracín, D., Handley, I. M., Noguchi, K., McCulloch, K. C., Li, H., Leeper, J., ... & Hart, W. P. (2008). Increasing and decreasing motor and cognitive output: a model of general action and inaction goals. Journal of personality and social psychology95(3), 510-523.
Albarracín, D., Hart, W., & McCulloch, K. C. (2006). Associating versus proposing or associating what we propose: comment on Gawronski and Bodenhausen (2006). Psychological Bulletin, 132(5), 732-735
Anderson, M. C., Green, C., & McCulloch, K. C. (2000). Similarity and inhibition in long-term memory: evidence for a two-factor theory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition26(5), 1141-1159.
Anderson, M. C., & McCulloch, K. C. (1999). Integration as a general boundary condition on retrieval-induced forgetting. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition25(3), 608-629.





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