Welcome to the Social Psychological Study of Motivation and Performance Laboratory (HirtLab) at Indiana University, Bloomington!

HirtLab is directed by Dr. Ed Hirt in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Our Focus

The primary current lines of research in our lab focus on:

  1. The experience of mental depletion and its consequences for subsequent performance and acts of self-control
  2. The role of political ideology and free will beliefs on various outcome variables, including attributions of responsibility, ascriptions of punishment, and potential for growth/change
  3. How one's beliefs about the relational self affects social relationship maintenance and satisfaction.

Our lab focuses on motivation and performance.  

The research in the Social Psychological Study of Motivation & Performance Lab generally concetrates on the study of the issues related to motivation and performance. Importantly, our work addresses the reasons for the consistent gender differences that are found in self-handicapping.

Dr. Edward Hirt 

Social Psychological Study of Motivation & Performance Laboratory's Principle Investigator