Social Psychology Network

Maintained by Scott Plous, Wesleyan University

Guido H. E. Gendolla

Guido H. E. Gendolla

  • Media Contact

My major research interests are the roles of implicit and explicit affect and the self in motivation. Most of my current research focuses on motivational intensity, quantified as responses of the cardiovascular system in the context of task performance, and behavioral preferences in choice behavior and learning. Applied research interests are health psychology and stress.

Since 2003, I am professor of Psychology at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where I hold the chair for motivation psychology and direct the Geneva Motivation Lab. I earned my diploma in psychology (corresponding to MA) and my PhD at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, and my habilitation in psychology at the University of Erlangen, Germany.

Primary Interests:

  • Causal Attribution
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Self and Identity

Research Group or Laboratory:

Note from the Network: The holder of this profile has certified having all necessary rights, licenses, and authorization to post the files listed below. Visitors are welcome to copy or use any files for noncommercial or journalistic purposes provided they credit the profile holder and cite this page as the source.

Image Gallery


Journal Articles:

  • Silvestrini, N., & Gendolla, G.H.E. (2013). Automatic effort mobilization and the principle of resource conservation: One can only prime the possible and justified. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104, 803-816 doi: 10.1037/a0031995
  • Schubö, A., Gendolla, G.H.E, Meinecke, C., & Abele, A.E. (2006). Detecting emotional faces and features in a visual search paradigm: Are faces special? Emotion, 6, 246-256.
  • Lasauskaite Schüpbach, R., Gendolla, G.H.E., & Silvestrini, N. (2014). Contrasting the effects of suboptimally versus optimally presented affect primes on effort-related cardiac response. Motivation and Emotion, 38, 748-758. doi: 10.1007/s11031-014-9438-x
  • Gendolla, G.H.E., & Silvestrini, N. (2011). Smiles make it easier and so do frowns: Masked affective stimuli influence mental effort, Emotion, 11, 320-328. doi: 10.1037/a0022593
  • Gendolla, G.H.E., & Richter, M. (2006). Ego-involvement and the difficulty law of motivation: Effects on effort-related cardiovascular response. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 1188- 1203.
  • Gendolla, G. H. E, Richter, M., & Silvia, P. (2008). Self-focus and task difficulty effects on effort-related cardiovascular reactivity. Psychophysiology, 45, 653-662.
  • Gendolla, G.H.E. (2012). Implicit affect primes effort: A theory and research on cardiovascular response. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 86, 123-135. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2012.05.003
  • De Burgo, J., & Gendolla, G. H. E. (2009). Are moods motivational states? A study on effort-related cardiovascular response. Emotion, 9, 892-697.
  • Gendolla, G.H.E., & Richter, M. (2006). Cardiovascular reactivity during performance under social observation: The moderating role of task difficulty. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 62, 185-192.
  • Gendolla, G. H. E., & Silvestrini, N. (2010). The implicit “go”: Masked action cues directly mobilize mental effort. Psychological Science, 21(10), 1389-1393.
  • Gendolla, G. H. E., & Richter, M. (2010). Effort mobilization when the self is involved: Some lessons from the cardiovascular system. Review of General Psychology, 14(3), 212-226.
  • Gendolla, G. H. E., & Krüsken, J. (2002). The joint effect of informational mood impact and performance-contingent consequences on effort-related cardiovascular response. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 83, 271-283.
  • Gendolla, G. H. E. (2000). On the impact of mood on behavior: An integrative theory and a review. Review of General Psychology, 4, 378-408.
  • Brinkmann, K., & Gendolla, G. H. E. (2008). Does depression interfere with effort mobilization? Effects of dysphoria and task difficulty on cardiovascular response. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 94, 146-157.

Other Publications:

  • Gendolla, G.H.E., & Silvestrini, N. (2015). Bounded effort automaticity: A drama in four parts. In G.H.E. Gendolla, M. Tops, & S. Koole. (Eds.), Handbook of biobehavioral approaches to self- regulation (pp. 271-286). New York: Springer.
  • Gendolla, G. H. E., & Wright, R. A. (2005). Motivation in social settings: Studies of effort-related cardiovascular arousal. In J. P. Forgas, K. Williams & W. von Hippel (Eds.), Social motivation (pp. 71-90). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Gendolla, G. H. E., Brinkmann, K., & Silvestrini, N. (2012). Gloomy and lazy? On the impact of mood and depressive symptoms on effort-related cardiovascular response. In R. A. Wright & G. H. E. Gendolla (Eds.), Motivation perspectives on cardiovascular response: Mechanisms and applications. Washington DC: APA Press.
  • Gendolla, G.H.E., Wright, R.A., & Richter, M. (2012). Effort intensity: Some insights from the cardiovascular system. In R.M. Ryan (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of human motivation (pp. 420- 438). New York: Oxford University Press.

Guido H. E. Gendolla
Geneva Motivation Laboratory
Department of Psychology, University of Geneva
40, Boulevard du Pont-d'Arve
1211 Geneva

Send a message to Guido H. E. Gendolla

Note: You will be emailed a copy of your message.

Psychology Headlines

From Around the World

News Feed (35,797 subscribers)