Erin Westgate, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Mentor
Erin Westgate, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Project Title
Procrastination is not always bad: Productive procrastination buffers negative effects on well-being
College
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Time Commitment
6-10 hours/week
Method
Research Credit Unpaid
Location of Research
On-Campus
Possible Co-Authorship
Yes

Project Description

Is procrastination always bad? We don’t think so. In preliminary research, we find that if procrastinators consider procrastination to be a productive use of time, it’s not associated with decreases in well-being. To further understand this relationship, we are currently conducting experimental studies in the lab, where we randomly assign participants to procrastinate (or not) and to do so in productive (vs unproductive) ways. We predict unproductive procrastination condition will decrease happiness and well-being, but that productive procastination will not. This project will tell us more about barriers to motivation and self-regulation, and the creative ways people find to work around them. 

To apply, please visit: https://www.erinwestgate.com/join-the-lab.html

Additional Requirements
None

Contact Information

Email Address
erinwestgate@ufl.edu
Phone Number
4097825421
  • erinwestgate@ufl.edu
  • 4097825421
  • Is procrastination always bad? We don't think so. In preliminary research, we find that if procrastinators consider procrastination to be a productive use of time, it's not associated with decreases in well-being. To further understand this relationship, we are currently conducting experimental studies in the lab, where we randomly assign participants to procrastinate (or not) and to do so in productive (vs unproductive) ways. We predict unproductive procrastination condition will decrease happiness and well-being, but that productive procastination will not. This project will tell us more about barriers to motivation and self-regulation, and the creative ways people find to work around them. 

    To apply, please visit: https://www.erinwestgate.com/join-the-lab.html

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