Chen, P.*, Ong, D. C.*, Ng, J. C., & Coppola, B. C. (2021). Explore, Exploit, and Prune in the Classroom: Strategic Resource Management Behaviors Predict Performance. AERA Open, 7

(*shared first authorship)

O'Keefe, P. A., Lee, H. Y., & Chen, P. (2021). Changing Students' Beliefs About Learning Can Unveil Their PotentialPolicy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 8(1), 84-91.

Ong, D. C., Asaba, M., Lim, H. Y., Chen, P., & Gweon, H. (2021). “If only Santa had one more present”: Exploring the development of near-miss counterfactual reasoning. In Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

Chen, P., Garcia, S. M., Chai, V. C., & Gonzalez, R. (In press). Comparing and Being Compared: A Dual Process Framework of Competition. In S. R. Thye & E. J. Lawler (Eds.), Advances in Group Processes. Emerald Publishing.

Chen, P. & Teo, Q. K. (In press). A Strategic Mindset for Learning and Life. In D. H. W. Loong, A. Jamaludin, & A. A. Rahman (Eds.), Applying the Science of Learning to Education - An insight into the mechanisms that shape learning. Springer Nature Pte Ltd.

Chwyl, C.*, Chen, P.* & Zaki, J. (2020). Beliefs about Self-Compassion: Implications for Coping and Self-Improvement. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Online DOI:

Garcia, S. M., Weaver, K., & Chen., P. (2019). The Status Signals ParadoxSocial Psychological and Personality Science, 10, 690-696.

Chen., P., & Ellsworth, P., C. (2019). Lay Theories of How Passion for Work is Achieved. In R. J. Vallerand & N. Houlfort (Eds.), Passion for Work: Determinants and Consequences (pp. 139-168). New York: Oxford University Press.

Zheng, C., Chen, P., & Tan, Bernard C. Y. (2018). Helping Adult Learners to Keep Learning: Towards Personalized InterventionsProceedings of the 38th International Conference on Information Systems, San Francisco, CA.

Chen., P. (2017). A Self-Administered Strategic Resource Use Intervention Promotes Academic Achievement among College Students. The Studying & Self-Regulated Learning SIG Newsletter, American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group, Summer 2017, 22.

Chen, P., Ellsworth, P.C., & Schwarz, N. (2015). Finding a Fit or Developing It: Implicit Theories about Achieving Passion for Work. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 1411-1424.

Huberth, M., Chen, P., Tritz, J., & McKay, T.A. (2015). E2Coach: Computer-tailored Student Support in Introductory Physics. PLOS ONE, 10(9): e0137001.

Garcia, S.M., Chen, P., & Gordon, M. (2014). The Letter Versus The Spirit of The Law: A Lay Perspective on Culpability. Judgment and Decision Making, 9, 479-490.

Chen, P., Myers, C.G., Kopelman, S., & Garcia, S.M. (2012). The Hierarchical Face: Higher rankings lead to less cooperative looks. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97, 479-486. doi: 10.1037/a0026308

Chen, P., & Garcia, S.M. (2010). Yin and Yang of Competition: Reciprocal Natures of Social Comparison and Evaluation Apprehension. University of Michigan PsycholoJournal.

msr-written media articles 


Channel News Asia. Dec 2017.

Commentary: Will You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions? Easier Said Than Done

selected media articles 


The Wall Street Journal. Aug 2017.

Before You Study, Ask For Help

Quartz. May 2017.

A Stanford Researcher's 15-Minute Study Hack Lifts B+ Students Into The As

Stanford News. May 2017.

Strategizing Resources Leads To Improved Exam Scores, According To Stanford Scholars

U.S. News. May 2017.

Study: Survey Helped College Students' Test Scores

Business Insider: Deutschland. May 2017.

Dieser 15-Minuten-Trick einer Stanford-Forscherin kann helfen, eure Noten radikal zu verbessern

Science Daily. May 2017.

Thinking Strategically About Study Resources Boosts Students' Final Grades

World Economic Forum. May 2017.

This Stanford Researcher Has Designed A 15-Minute Study Hack To Boost Grades

Forbes. Jan 2016.

Want A Job You Love? Stop Looking And Job Craft It

Fortune. Dec 2015.

Following Your Passion Is Not The Only Path To Success

The Washington Post. Nov 2015.

The Problem With Following Your Passion

Los Angeles Times. Nov 2015.

Having A Passion For Your Work May Be Overrated As A Key To Success

Psychology Today. Oct 2015.

What Drives Your Happiness With Work? Is Your Work Satisfaction Related To Your Fit To Your Job?

Business Insider: Strategy. Aug 2015.

Psychologists Just Debunked The Idea That You Have To Find The Perfect Job Fit To Be Happy At Work

Business News Daily. Aug 2015.

Don't Love Your Job Yet? You May Just Need More Time

Science Daily. Aug 2015.

Passion For Your Job? If Not, It's Attainable

CNNMoney. Oct 2012.

Saying No To The Boss: Why It's Essential

Business Insider. March 2012.

Success Written All Over Your Face

Business Insider. Dec 2011.

How Can You Pick The Highest Ranked People Out Of Photos?

Boston Globe. Nov 2011.

Bring Your Ivy League Game Face
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Personal Interview on Capitol City Recap. Nov 2011.

by Michael Cohen, WILS 1320 Lansing Public Radio

National Affairs. Nov 2011.

The Hierarchical Face: Higher Rankings Lead To Less Cooperative Looks