In the Self-Regulation Lab, we investigate how people overcome setbacks, conflicts, or unwanted impulses to achieve both short and long-term goals.

Our research explores self-regulation from many perspectives, including behaviour, subjective impressions, personality, and a range of biological measures.

Please get in touch if you are an interested undergraduate student, or prospective graduate student.

Lab Latest

Testing the effectiveness and usability of a self-regulation toolbox

Dr. Blair Saunders has been awarded a Carnegie Research Incentive Grant from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland to explore dietary self-regulation. This project will combine decision making approaches with neuroscience measures to compare a range of self-regulation strategies. This research will not only examine which strategies most successful in reducing cravings, but also to assess which strategies are more user-friendly.

Why is willpower overrated?

A recent article on Vox.com covered new research by Blair Saunders, Marina Milyavskaya, Alexander Etz, Daniel Randles, ad Michael Inzlicht. In this paper we use Bayesian methods to suggest that two common measures of self-control are unrelated to each other. These findings have potentially important implications for how we think about self-control.

Self-Regulation Lab students win best talk award at BPS undergraduate conference

Michael Beulertz and Madie Stork recently presented their dissertation work on self-regulation choice at a British Psychological Society undergraduate conference at the University of Glasgow. Madie and Michael gave a great presentation on their research. In fact, their talk was so good that they won the prize for best overall talk at the conference. Congratulations guys!


Dr. Blair Saunders (b.z.saunders@dundee.ac.uk)

Scrymgeour Building

University of Dundee

Dundee DD1 4HN

+44 (0)1382 384623