Welcome to Dr. Jennifer Beer's Self-Regulation Lab at the University of Texas at Austin!

Undergraduate Research Assistants for Online Research Spring 2021: Please check with us in December 2020 for available positions for Spring term. 

Graduate Student Applicants for Fall 2021 Admission: We will be considering applications from prospective trainees interested in investigating social rejection. Note that we mostly focus on how to help rejectors soften the blow. Please focus your application on your research future: questions, hypothesis, study designs, skills you want to acquire, etc. I get plenty of information about past research from your CV and letters of recommendation. I find it most helpful to assess fit with the lab by understanding your future interests and the only place I can learn that is the statement in the application.

 


Self Regulation Lab

Back Row (L to R): Shana Mahesania, Ana Rigney, Jennifer Beer, Aqsa Ali, Skylar Brannon

Front Row (L to R): Chandler Michaels, Michelle Harris

Welcome to Jennifer Beer's lab!  Our research focuses on:
    Self and Authenticity
    Emotion, Motivation
    Social Cognition, Person Perception, Impression Formation

In our lab at the University of Texas at Austin, we're interested in how these processes contribute to appropriate social functioning. For example, how do our motivations to see ourselves and other people in particular ways impact our decisions in social interactions? At the moment, the main areas of our current research include social rejection, authenticity, and the neural basis of motivational influences on social construal
. To address these questions, we use:
   
    Behavioral methods
    Behavioral observation (e.g., FACS coding)
    Computational modeling
    Self and peer-report

    Neuroscience methods
    Neuroimaging (fMRI, ERP)
    Patients with lesions