My lab examines how individuals come to think of themselves and the consequences of this self-knowledge. In particular, we are interested in how self-related feedback, especially social comparison-based feedback, influences self-regulation and the affect that results from self-regulation. Within this focus, our research seeks to answer the following questions: Does social comparison affect how individuals perceive themselves relative to their goals? What are the cognitive and affective consequences of feedback-induced self-concept change? How do individuals defend themselves from threatening self-related feedback? Our research employs several experimental social psychological techniques to address these questions.