Texas Tech University

Jessica Alquist, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Experimental Program Director
Experimental (Social)

Email: jessica.alquist@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-7553

Office: 222, Lab: B4 A-E, 311 B-F

Web Site: 

Ph.D. in Social Psychology
Florida State University

Dr. Alquist will be reviewing applications for the 2024-2025 class.


Alquist, Jessica

Research Interests

My research focuses on self-control and agency. I am interested in questions such as:

  • What factors increase (and decrease) people's likelihood at succeeding at self-control?
  • How does uncertainty mobilize individuals to influence outcomes?
  • How does belief in free will affect behavior? What contributes to people's belief in free will?

If you are interested in joining my lab as a graduate student please email me at Jessica.alquist@ttu.edu. If you are interested in being an undergraduate research assistant in my lab, please fill out the application, which can be found on my lab's website.


Implications of Desire for Self-Control
Binational Science Foundation
Role: PI (with Liad Uziel)
September 2017 – September 2019

Economic Decisions under Stress
TTU Seed Grant for Interdisciplinary Research
Role: Co-PI (PI: Darren Hudson)
April 2017 – October 2018

Selected Publications

  • Alquist, J.L. & Baumeister, R.F. (2023). Dealing with uncertain situations. The Journal of Positive Psychology. Advance Online Publication. Doi:10.1080/17439760.2023.2282781
  • Martin, H.K.,* Stinnett, A.J.,* Rodriguez, J.E.,* Holmes, H.,*, Alquist, J.L., & Uziel, L. (2023). Locked down and divided: Political orientation moderates the effects of considering a future lockdown. Current Psychology. Advanced Online Publication. doi:10.1007/s12144-022-04208-2
  • A.J., Stinnett* & Alquist, J.L. (2022). Distinguishing free will from moral responsibility when measuring free will beliefs: The FWS-II. Philosophical Psychology. Advanced Online Publication. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09515089.2022.2139232
  • A.J. Stinnett* & Alquist, J.L. (2022). Consider the tumor: Brain tumors decrease punishment via perceptions of free will. Philosophical Psychology. Advanced Online Publication. DOI: 10.1080/09515089.2022.2052830
  • Uziel, L., Baumeister, R. F., & Alquist, J. L. (2021). What makes people want more self-control: A duo of deficiency and necessity. Motivation Science.
  • Alquist, J. L., Baumeister, R. F., Tice, D. M., & Core, T. J.* (2020). What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Uncertainty Impairs Executive Function. Frontiers in psychology, 11.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7573282/ 
  • Alquist, J. L., Price, M. M.*, Hancock, D.*, Talley, A. E., & Cukrowicz, K. (2019). Exposure to negative stereotypes impairs older adults' self-control. Self and Identity, 18(2), 217-226.
  • Alquist, J. L., Baumeister, R. F., McGregor, I., Core, T. J.*, Benjamin, I., & Tice, D. M. (2018). Personal conflict impairs performance on an unrelated self-control task: Lingering costs of uncertainty and conflict. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 74, 157-160. 
  • Core, T. J.*, Price, M. M.*, Alquist, J. L., Baumeister, R. F., & Tice, D. M. (2018). Life is uncertain, eat dessert first: Uncertainty causes controlled and unemotional eaters to consume more sweets. Appetite, 131, 68-72.
  • Alquist, J. L., Ainsworth, S., Baumeister, R. F., Daly, M., & Stillman, T. F. (2015). The makings of might-have-beens: Effects of belief about free will on counterfactual thinking. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 268-283.
  • 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.
  • 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.

*Graduate student co-author


Teaching Interests & Activities

Graduate Courses:

  • Social Psychology

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology