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Embracing the Future Self: Understanding and Addressing the Temporal Mood-Regulation Dynamics of Procrastination

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

For many people “I’ll do it tomorrow” can be an all too common response to the demands of busy modern life. Rather than doing the task now as intended, the task is put off for a later time; present self delays the task for future self to get immediate mood relief. Recent theory and accumulating evidence portrays procrastination as reflecting an irrational intertemporal choice to avoid aversive tasks that is motivated by poor emotional regulation of stress and negative states, and a disconnection from future self. This PhD project aims to advance knowledge about the temporal mood-regulation dynamics underlying procrastination by investigating how positive and negative emotions are involved in the promotion and prevention of procrastination. It will also examine the potential effects of developing a more compassionate and empathetic view of the present and future selves for reducing procrastination across important life domains.

Funding Notes

Requirements: We ask for a good honours degree of 2:1 or above and generally a masters or pending masters (merit or distinction) in Psychology or a related discipline.

References

Sirois, F. M. (2014). Procrastination and stress: Exploring the role of self-compassion. Self and Identity, 13(2), 128-145.
Sirois, F. M., & Pychyl, T. (2013). Procrastination and the priority of short-term mood regulation: Consequences for future self. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7(2), 115-127.

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