Student NameEL RIM AHN
Faculty Mentor NameMatt Baldwin
CollegeCollege of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Research InterestsTemporal comparison, identity, motivation, prosocial behavior
Academic AwardsUniversity Scholars Program 2020
Hobbies and InterestsReading, hiking, going to art museums

Research Project

The role of temporal landmarks on perceptions of self-continuity?

In the research that I propose, I aim to shed light on processes by examining people’s perceptions of the temporal landmarks themselves—whether people think of temporal landmarks as a beginning or an ending. Past research on temporal landmarks have focused on temporal landmarks as a beginnings (e.g., January 1st as the start to a new year vs. the end of the old year); to our knowledge, no studies have yet examined whether temporal landmarks that are perceived as an ending will have different effects on perceptions of self-continuity and motivation. This insight, that the same temporal landmark can be construed in different ways, provides a crucial and novel extension of the temporal landmark theory which has largely been neglected in the literatures.