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Carol Sansone, Ph.D.

Carol Sansone, Ph.D.

Professor, Social Psychology

Curriculum Vitae

Social Psychology (PSY2500-90)
Advanced Social Psychology (PSY5410/6410)
Research Methods in Social Psychology (PSY5420/6420)
Graduate Seminar on Motivation and Diversity (PSY7963)—cotaught with Dr. Paul White

Contact Information

Office: 811 BEHS
Phone: 801-581-3667

Research Interests

My research interests focus on intrinsic motivation; self-regulation of interest and motivation; gender differences in motivation for math and science;  self-regulation of motivation in online learning; and people’s beliefs about interest, and how these beliefs may be shaped by social identity in educational and organizational contexts.


Ph.D., Columbia University

Selected Publications

Sansone, C., Morf, C.C., & Panter, A.T. (Eds.) (2004). The Sage Handbook of Methods in Social Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Download

Sansone, C. & Harackiewicz, J.M. (Eds.). (2000). Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation: The Search for Optimal Motivation and Performance. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Sansone, C., Smith, J.L., Thoman, D., & MacNamara, A. (2012). Regulating goals-defined and experience-defined motivation when learning online: Motivation and performance tradeoffs. The Internet and Higher Education, 15 (3), 141-149. (special issue on Emotion in Online Learning Environments)

Sansone, C.; Fraughton, T.; Zachary, J.; Butner, J.; Heiner, C. (2011). Self-regulation of motivation when learning online: The importance of who, why and how. Educational Technology Research and Development, 59 (2), 199-212. (special issue on Motivation and New Media)

Sansone, C., & Thoman, D.B. (2005). Interest as the missing motivator in self-regulation. European Psychologist, 10, 175-186.

Thoman, D.B. & Sansone, C. (2016). Gender bias triggers diverging science interests between women and men: The role of activity interest appraisals. Motivation and Emotion, 40, 464-477. doi: 10.1007/s11031-016-9550-1

Sansone, C., Geerling, D., Thoman, D.B., & Smith, J.L. (2019). Self-regulation of motivation: A renewable resource for learning. In K. A. Renninger & S. Hidi (Eds.) Cambridge Handbook on Motivation and Learning (pp. 87-110). Cambridge University Press.

Geerling, D., Butner, J., Fraughton, T., Sinclair, S., Zachary, J., & Sansone, C. (2019). The dynamic association between interest and confusion: The potential for moderation by utility value and gender. Journal of Experimental Education, 88(3), 407-430. DOI: 10.1080/00220973.2018.1561403

Thoman, D.B., Lee, G.A., Zambrano, J., Geerling, D.M., Smith, J.L., & Sansone, C. (2019). Social influences of interest: Conceptualizing group differences in education through a self-regulation of motivation model. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 22(3), 330-355.

Thoman, D.B., Sansone, C., Robinson, J. & Helm, J.L. (2020). Implicit theories of interest regulation. Motivation Science, 6(4), 321-334.

My Current Graduate Students

Brittany Clark
Yun Tang
Elissa Lauber

Last Updated: 7/12/22