Chapter 9. Interest and Self-Regulation

Understanding Individual Variability in Choices, Efforts, and Persistence Over Time

  1. Dr Rick H. Hoyle PhD Professor Fellow Member
  1. Carol Sansone1,
  2. Dustin B. Thoman1 and
  3. Jessi L. Smith2

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318111.ch9

Handbook of Personality and Self-Regulation

Handbook of Personality and Self-Regulation

How to Cite

Sansone, C., Thoman, D. B. and Smith, J. L. (2010) Interest and Self-Regulation, in Handbook of Personality and Self-Regulation (ed R. H. Hoyle), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318111.ch9

Editor Information

  1. Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychology, University of Utah, Park City, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Psychology, Montana State University, Bozeman, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405177122

Online ISBN: 9781444318111



  • interest and self-regulation - individual variability in choices, efforts and persistence over time;
  • self-regulation of motivation model;
  • self-regulation of motivation model - Persist, Quit, or Resume;
  • role of individual differences;
  • personality or individual differences - impacting experience-defined motivation;
  • performance goal - positive outcome versus avoiding negative outcome;
  • relationship between goal congruence and interest;
  • Relational-Independent Self-Construal, RISC;
  • self-regulatory process and long-term effects;
  • ephemeral quality of motivation and predicting variability in persons


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Self-Regulation of Motivation Model

  • Individual Differences Influence Whether Working Toward Particular Goals is Associated with Interest

  • Individual Differences Influence Whether People Regulate the Interest Experience

  • Individual Differences in How People Regulate the Interest Experience

  • Long-Term Effects of the Self-Regulatory Process

  • Multiple Individual Differences in Motivation, but One Process?

  • Conclusion

  • References