- Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2016
- B.A., Indiana University, 2008
To successfully navigate each day, we must engage in numerous acts of self-control. We can decide to have oatmeal rather than donuts for breakfast, to finish a tiresome work project rather than work on a hobby, to hide our emotions rather than risk public ridicule, to go to the gym rather than out to eat with friends, and the list goes on. Of course, most days we do not display 100% perfect self-control. My research has focused on factors that impact an individual’s self-regulatory abilities and how we can help individuals improve their self-regulation.
My original focus combined social psychology and health psychology to determine how the situation could be altered to help individuals effortlessly engage in healthier dietary behaviors. Although my research is still based on the power of the situation, the focal behavior has shifted from healthy eating to student learning. I am interested in determining how changes in instruction (the learning situation) can help students become more effective learners. How can instructors alter their teaching methods to help students improve their self-regulatory abilities for learning? What small changes can be made to lead to more effective learning that also leads to changes outside of the classroom? My research goal is to develop evidence-based and easy-to-implement teaching techniques that enhance students’ self-regulation of learning abilities.
P101 – Introductory Psychology I
C109 – Careers 1 C209 – Careers 2
C309 – Careers 3
(additional experience teaching Health Psychology, Social Psychology, and Research Methods)
Lenne, R., Panos, M. E., Auster-Gussman, L., Scherschel, H., Zhou, L., & Mann, T. (2017). Behavioral compensation before and after eating at the Minnesota State Fair. Appetite, 118, 113-119.
Wagner, H. S., Howland, M., & Mann, T. (2015). Effects of subtle and explicit health messages on food choice. Healthy Psychology, 34(1), 79-82.
Wagner, H. S., Ahlstrom, B., Redden, J. P., Vickers, Z., & Mann, T. (2014). The myth of comfort food. Health Psychology, 33(12), 1552-1557.