Curtis Von Gunten

Research Interests: 

The majority of my research has examined self-control. This work borrows theory and constructs from social, cognitive, personality, and clinical psychology, as well as neuroscience. My overall goal is to combine these approaches in order to uncover a holistic account of self-control. This account will need to address self-control at both the state and trait levels, uncover the relative proportion of habit formation vs. state inhibition in trait self-regulation success, and determine the relationship between laboratory operationalizations of self-control—off of which the majority of neuroscience investigations are based—and self-regulation as it occurs in daily life. Some specific topics of interest include executive functioning, ERP, mental fatigue (depletion) and motivation, mental effort avoidance, habit formation, externalizing disorders, and alcohol use. 

Bio: 

I used to pretty much just study philosophy—all of the time. Now I think about psychology—but only some of the time. Hobbies are good—all of the time. Idleness is good—none of the time. These days I try to perform above the 70th percentile on speed chess servers, try to incorporate lush analogue synths with aggressive guitar riffs (it doesn’t really work does it), meticulously read fantasy series from the “best-of” lists (I’m going to write that book someday), and wonder why I don’t think about psychology—all of the time. Food and sleep occur at regular intervals.

Selected Publications: 

Martins, J. D.,  Bartholow, B. D., Cooper, M. L., Von Gunten, C. D.  & Wood, P. K. (in press). Associations between Executive Functioning, Affect-regulation Drinking Motives, and Alcohol Use and Problems. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Von Gunten, C. D., Volpert-Esmond, H. I., & Bartholow, B. D. (2017). Temporal dynamics of reactive cognitive control as revealed by event-related brain potentials. Psychophysiology. doi:10.1111/psyp.13007

Von Gunten, C. D., Bartholow, B. D. and Scherer, L. D. (2016). Using ERPs to investigate valence processing in the affect misattribution procedure. Psychophysiology. doi:10.1111/psyp.12773

Von Gunten, C. D., Bartholow, B. D., & Volpert, H. I. (2016). Perceiving persons: A social cognitive neuroscience perspective. In E. Harmon-Jones & M. Inzlicht (Eds.), Social neuroscience: Biological approaches to social psychology. New York: Psychology Press.

Bailey, K., Amlung, M. T., Morris, D. H., Price, M. H., Von Gunten, C., McCarthy, D. M., & Bartholow, B. D. (2016). Separate and joint effects of alcohol and caffeine on conflict monitoring and adaptation. Psychopharmacology, 233, 1245-1255. doi:10.1007/s00213-016-4208-y

Von Gunten, C. D., (2013). Moral and Immoral Robots. In C. Lewis and S. P. Young (Eds.), Futurama and Philosophy (pp.101-112). Chicago: Open Court.