Kassandra Cortes, University of Waterloo
     
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Kassandra Cortes, University of Waterloo
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2016 Heritage Dissertation Award Recipient

Perceiving Relationship Success through a Motivational Lens: A Regulatory Focus Perspective

In my dissertation research, I am examining how the qualities that contribute to relationship success depend on the motivational (regulatory focus) orientation of the individual. In initial studies I found that promotion-focused people value growth-related qualities in their relationships, while prevention-focused people prioritize security-related qualities. I am now examining how the same relationship-enhancing intervention can be framed in different ways to serve both growth and security needs. The goal of this research is to better understand what makes relationships work (and work better).


This research is supported through the Heritage Fund Initiative, which celebrates personality and social psychology's heritage by honoring some of the great teachers and scientists who have made major contributions to field. Further Donations are always welcome to underwrite Heritage Dissertation Research Awards for future students.