Generally speaking, our research looks at the conditions for and the consequences of successful goal striving. On the one hand, we examine the characteristics that a goal should have in order to have a favorable effect on well-being and performance. On the other hand, we are interested in the volitional processes of goal implementation and goal disengagement, which occur when actions encounter obstacles. Our research has a wide range of implications for everyday life as well as practical applications (in health, sports, partnerships, business and administrative leadership, moral courage), as is reflected by our cooperation with business enterprises, sports and educational institutions.

Project overview

Research project Involved researchers
The action crisis – Antecedents, mediating mechanisms, consequences, and interventions

Prof. Dr. Veronika Brandstätter

Martin Bettschart, MSc

Dipl.-Psych. Mirjam Ghassemi Tabrizi

Dr. Marcel Herrmann
Benjamin Wolf, MSc

Motivational aspects of relationship development of couples

Prof. Dr. Veronika Brandstätter
Dr. Sabine Backes

Ferdinand Denzinger, MSc
Dipl. Psych. Mirjam Ghassemi Tabrizi

The effect of fresh starts on motivation Dr. Marie Hennecke
Goal activation as a self-regulatory strategy when intrinsic motivation is low Dr. Marie Hennecke
Prof. Dr. Veronika Brandstätter
Dipl.-Psych. Thomas Czikmantori

Taking pleasure during goal pursuit: Identifying task incentives to increase intrinsic motivation during unpleasant activities in goal pursuit

Dipl.-Psych. Thomas Czikmantori

Dr. Marie Hennecke

Prof. Dr. Veronika Brandstätter

Dispositional self-awareness in the context of goal striving Antonia Kreibich, M.Sc.
Marie Hennecke, PhD
Prof. Veronika Brandstätter, PhD
Moral courage – Antecedent conditions and a training program

Prof. Dr. Veronika Brandstätter
Dr. Sabine Backes
Dr. Kai J. Jonas
Prof. Dr. Peter Fischer