Approach-Avoidance Motivation Research Group

Group Picture

Approach and avoidance motivation are fundamental and basic to human functioning, and the approach-avoidance perspective is a highly generative and informative lens through which to examine social, personality, and developmental processes. Accordingly, our research group investigates a variety of different topics across diverse disciplines of psychology, using a multitude of research methodologies (laboratory experiments, longitudinal studies, prospective studies, and archival analyses). 

Our lab is comprised of graduate students in social-personality psychology, as well as post-docs and visiting professors, often from countries outside the US. We have ongoing collaborations with a number of other labs around the country and world. We can be reached by contacting Dr. Andrew Elliot at or Dr. Elliot's assistant, Christine Schulz, at

Ongoing programs in our research group:

*For an overview of research on competence-based motivation, please see Dr. Elliot and Dr. Dweck's: Handbook of Competence and Motivation (Guilford Press).

*For an overview of research on approach-avoidance motivation, please see Dr. Elliot's Handbook of Approach and Avoidance Motivation (Taylor & Francis).

Selected Publications