The second set of issues concerns self control. The question is when and how people fail to do what they want while possessing the knowledge, skill, and opportunity that are required to do what they want. How do we—individuals or groups—(sometimes) manage to act in line with our overriding goals when faced with tempting alternatives? This research investigates the conscious and unconscious mechanisms that serve to resolve conflicts between people's local, short-term concerns and their global, long-term concerns.
The third set of issues distinguishes between analytical and associative thinking and examines the effect of emotional states and personal desires on self perception, social judgment, and decision making. The goal of this research is to understand the mechanisms that underlie stereotyping, confirmatory hypothesis-testing, and wishful thinking about ourselves and others.
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