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Faculty Member - Experimental Psychology

Jessica Alquist, Ph.D.



Assistant Professor


Ph.D. in Social Psychology

Florida State University


Phone: (806) 834-7553

Fax: (806) 742-0818


Web Site:

Research Interests:

My research focuses on self-control and agency.

My work is primarily based on the limited resource model of self-control, and I am particularly interested in the ways that self-control affects people's physical health. I am also interested in uncertainty, emotion, and how people’s belief in free will affects their behavior.

If you are interested in joining my lab as a graduate student please email me. If you are interested in being an undergraduate research assistant in my lab, please fill out the application, which can be found on my laboratory’s Web site.

Selected Research:

    • Alquist, J. L., Ainsworth, S. & Baumeister, R. F. (2013). Determined to conform: Disbelief in free will increases conformity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49, 80-86.
    • Alquist, J. L. & Baumeister, R. F. (2012). Self control and addiction. In H. J. Shaffer, D. A. LaPlante, & S. E. Nelson (Eds.), American Psychological Association Addiction Syndrome Handbook (165-174). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
    • Alquist, J. L. & Baumeister, R. F. (2012). Self-control: Limited resources and extensive benefits. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 3, 419-423.
    • Conlon, K. E., Ehrlinger, J., Eibach, R. P., Crescioni, A.W., Alquist, J. L., Gerend, M. A., & Dutton, G.R. (2011). Eyes on the prize: The longitudinal benefits of goal focus on progress toward a weight loss goal. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 853-855.
    • Crescioni, A. W., Ehrlinger, J., Alquist, J. L., Conlon, K. E., Baumeister, R. F., Schatschneider, C. & Dutton, G. R. (2011). High self-control predicts positive health behaviors and success in weight loss. Journal of Health Psychology, 16, 750-759.
    • Baumeister, R. F. & Alquist, J. L. (2009). Is there a downside to good self-control? Self and Identity, 8, 115-130.

Teaching Interests and Activities:

Graduate Courses:

  • Social Psychology

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Research Methods
  • Personality Psychology

Graduate Students:

  • Tammy Core