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Amanda Durik

Research Interests

Factors that promote optimal motivation (interest and performance) in achievement situations; achievement goals; the development of interest.

Frequently Taught Classes

  • Psyc 433 Social and Personality Laboratory
  • Psyc 472 Group Processes
  • Psyc 621 Small Group Behavior
  • Psyc 671J Psychology of Motivation

Representative Publications

  • Senko, C. M., Durik, A. M., Patel, L., Lovejoy, C. M., & Valentiner, D. (2012).  Performance-approach goal effects on achievement under low versus high challenge conditions.  Learning and Instruction, 23, 60-68.
  • Shechter, O., Durik, A.M., Miyamoto, Y., & Harackiewicz, J. M. (2011). The role of utility value in achievement behavior: The importance of culture.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 303-317.
  • Matarazzo, K., Durik, A.M., & Delaney, M.  (2010).  The effect of humorous instructional materials on interest in a math task, Motivation and Emotion, 34, 293-305.
  • Durik, A. M., & Harackiewicz, J. M. (2007).  Different strokes for different folks: Individual interest as a moderator of the effects of situational factors on task interest.  Journal of Educational Psychology, 99(3), 597-610.

Representative Grants

  • “Incremental Mindset and Utility for Science Learning and Engagement (I-MUScLE): A Quasi-Experimental Study of the Impacts of Targeted Classroom Treatments” (Fall, 2011 to Summer 2014; with J. Schmidt (PI) and L. Shumow (Co-Pi), National Science Foundation
  • “An Examination of the Qualities of Interactive Science Learning Environments that Promote Optimal Motivation” (Fall, 2011 to Summer 2015; with S. McGee (PI) and J. Zimmerman (Co-Pi), U.S. Department of Education


Associate Professor, Social and Industrial / Organizational Psychology

Director, Undergraduate Studies

PM 414



Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003