Motivation and Social Cognition Research Lab

Jill Jacobson, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Queen's University at Kingston
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My general research interests are in the area of motivated social cognition. Most of my work has focused on the social-cognitive consequences of two distinct but related individual differences: dysphoria or subclinical depression and causal uncertainty. Dysphoric and causally uncertain people present an interesting paradox:  They spend more time thinking about social information and are more accurate and less biased in their social judgments, but they also are more likely to be socially rejected and to experience interpersonal difficulties.

My other line of research has examined motivational and social-cognitive factors within the realm of health psychology.