Theses Supervised

PhD Theses

Friesdorf, R. (in progress).

El Gamal, M. (2015). On getting better and working hard: Using improvement as a heuristic for judging effort.

Wiese, J. (2015). Backward planning: Examining consequences of planning direction for time prediction.

Peetz, J. (2010). The “budget fallacy”: Sources of accuracy and bias in personal spending predictions. [Recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Medal, October 2010]

Lam, K.C.H. (2008). Trips down memory lane: Recall direction affects the subjective distance of past events. [Recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Medal, October 2008]


MA Theses

Boulton, K. (in progress).

White, G. (in progress).

Dreyer, B. (2016).  Social problems, genetic answers: How causes of social issues affect choice of solutions.

Friesdorf, R. (2015). Plans as emotion regulation tools: Examining the consequences of planning on affect.

Wiese, J. (2011). Backward planning: Examining consequences of planning direction for motivation.

Peetz, J. (2006). Planning for the near and distant future: The impact of temporal distance on task completion predictions. [co-supervised with A. Wilson].

Vasquez, N. (2005). Seeing the future: Does visual perspective influence motivation and regulatory focus?

Lam, K.C.H. (2004). Cultural differences in holism, focalism, and affective forecasting. [Recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Medal, October 2004]

Deslauriers, J. (2003). Visual perspective in planning and prediction.

Spyropoulos, V. (2003). Motivated prediction of future feelings.

Messervey, D. (2002). The planning fallacy and group predictions: Are groups more or less biased than individuals?

Hansen, S. (2000). Psychological mechanisms responsible for the moderating effects of need for cognition on attractiveness stereotyping.

McKay, L. (1996). Reactions to upward social comparison: Assimilation and contrast effects. [co-supervised with C. McFarland]

MacDonald, H. (1995). The effect of accuracy motivation and directional motivation on the optimistic bias in prediction of task completion time.


Undergraduate Honours Theses

Vokes, S. (2018). Exploring the effects of self-distancing on affective forecasts. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Easton, A. (2018). Return trip effect: Is it the destination or the journey? Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Boulton, K. (2017). Let’s talk about it: The effect of discussion on affective forecasting. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University. [Co-supervised with R. Friesdorf]

Zantingh, E. (2017). How we use self-talk to prepare for the future: The effect of pronoun use on motivation. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University. [Co-supervised with R. Friesdorf]

Davidson, H. (2015). The role of linguistic perspective in self descriptions. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Cauchon, M. (2014). Preference for consistency or improvement: Is time an important factor? Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University. [Co-supervised with M. El Gamal]

Walker, B. (2014). Future event planning: The effect of planning direction on time estimation. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University. [Co-supervised with J. Wiese]

Cooney, C. (2013). Helping behaviour as a mood regulation strategy: The role of self-esteem. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Lynch, A. (2013). Volunteering and the sunk cost effect: Examining strategies for increasing volunteerism. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University. [Co-supervised with J. Wiese]

D’Alton, S. (2012). Actor and observer predictions of task performance time and completion time. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Wigham, S. (2011). Imagining future success: Consequences of imagery and narrative perspective for motivation and goal pursuit. Honors thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Giacomin, M. (2010). The role of competing motivations in predictions of task completion. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Kux, S. (2010). Back from the future: The role of imagery valence and direction in considering future events. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Britten, K. (2009). Aggregated and incremental framing effect on exercise motivation. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University. [co-supervised with J. Peetz]

Crossley, B. (2009). Seeing a happy future: Does visual perspective and event type influence affective forecasts? Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

El Gamal, M. (2008). Envisioning a future purchase: Does imagery perspective influence consumer motivation? Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Mulhern, K. (2006). Self-other differences in task completion predictions: The impact of motivation. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Kayfitz, A. (2004). The impact of visual perspective on predicted feelings. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Schmidt, C. (2003). Basking in projected glory: Effects of positive future selves on current self-evaluations. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Camilleri, S. (2003). Effects of anticipatory anxiety on memories of past success. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Deslauriers, J. (2002). Should we plan for upcoming tasks? Effects of planning on prediction accuracy for simple and difficult assignments. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Banwait, H. (2001). Predicting feelings: The role of temporal perspective, focalism, and visual imagery. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Lostrito, N. (2001). Optimistic task predictions: Effects of focusing on plans and external events. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Russell, K. (1999). The impact of negative affect and mood orientation on personal predictions. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Pilles, J. (1998). The effect of mood on optimistic time predictions. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Garcia, D. (1998). Optimistic time predictions: The effects of mindset. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Daniels, J. (1997). Change-of-meaning processes in conformity and dissent: The role of automatic and controlled processes. Honours thesis, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Drummond, P. (1996). The impact of mood on self and social prediction. Honours thesis, Simon Fraser University.

McKay, L. (1995). Relationship closeness as a moderator of reactions to social comparison. Honours thesis, Simon Fraser University. [Recipient of department thesis award]

Soon, F. (1994). Collective esteem as a moderator of the ingroup bias effect. Honours thesis, Simon Fraser University.

Schoenewolfe, A. (1993). The role of causal attributions in managers’ response to interpersonal conflict among subordinates. Honours thesis, Simon Fraser University. [Recipient of award for best student paper, I/O Psychology Division, CPA]