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Kai Epstude

Kai Epstude

My current research interests center around the broad question of how goals influence our feelings and behavior. Specifically, I'm exploring goal-related aspects of counterfactual thinking and regret. I also have an interest in consequences of counterfactual thoughts and (life) regrets for well-being and health-related outcomes. Other research interests include the mental representation of the self in intergroup contexts, and the related question of how group contexts shape our affective experience.

Primary Interests:

  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Self and Identity
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

  • Epstude, K., & Peetz, J. (in press). Mental time travel: A conceptual overview of social psychological perspectives on a fundamental human capacity. European Journal of Social Psychology.
  • Morrison, M., Epstude, K., & Roese, N. J. (in press). Life regrets and the need to belong. Social Psychological and Personality Science.
  • Ünal, A.B., Steg, L., Epstude, K. (2012). The effects of music on mental effort and driving performance. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 48 , 271-278
  • Epstude, K., & Roese, N. J. (2011). When goal pursuit fails: The functions of counterfactual thought in intention formation. Social Psychology, 48, 19-27.
  • Epstude, K., & Förster, J. (2011). Seeing love, or seeing lust: How people interpret ambiguous romantic situations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1017-1020.
  • Corcoran, K., Epstude, K., Damisch, L., & Mussweiler, T. (2011). Fast similarities: Efficiency advantages of similarity focus. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 37, 1280-1286.
  • Epstude, K., & Roese, N. J. (2010). Functional Aspects of Global versus Local Processing: Relations Among the Structure and Content of Goals, Counterfactuals, and Regrets. Psychological Inquiry, 209-212.
  • Epstude, K., & Mussweiler, T. (2009). What you feel is how you compare: How comparisons influence the social induction of affect. Emotion, 9, 1-14.
  • Mussweiler, T., & Epstude, K. (2009). Relatively fast! Efficiency Advantages of Comparative Thinking. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 138, 1-21.
  • Fessel, F., Epstude, K., & Roese, N. J. (2009). Hindsight bias redefined: It's about time. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 110, 56-64.
  • Epstude, K., & Roese, N. J. (2008). The functional theory of counterfactual thinking. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 12, 168-192.
  • Epstude, K., & Roese, N. J. (2007). Beyond rationality: Counterfactual thinking and behavior regulation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 457-458.

Courses Taught:

  • Anger & Aggression
  • Controversies in Social Psychology
  • Intergroup Relations
  • Social Cognition

Kai Epstude
Department of Psychology
University of Groningen
Grote Kruisstraat 2/1
9712 TS Groningen
The Netherlands

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