Passion Research

a blog about the passion for research, the research on passion, motivation and emotion, experience sampling, and occasionally also about open science



Recent blog posts on mixed feelings of students

Positive and negative feelings about school are often experienced together by students. That implies, among other things, that highly engaged students may be at risk to experience high stress and exhaustion. These research findings were recently discussed in my two... Continue Reading →


Upcoming conference presentations 2017: Mixed emotions at school and work, and the dark side of flow experiences

On two occasions in 2017 I will present my research on mixed emotions in conferences. For example, I will present my network analyses on intra-individual co-occurrences between positive and negative emotions of high school students at the Earli Conference (European... Continue Reading →

New paper published: Passionate Experiences in Adolescence: Situational Variability and Long-Term Stability

My new paper about situational measures of passion and the long-term stability of passionate experiences in adolescence has just been published! This study investigates adolescents' situational passionate experiences, defined as states of strong commitment and intense affect. We examine the... Continue Reading →

Mixed feelings about school: Examining jointly experienced positive and negative emotions with co-occurrence network analysis

A lot of research on positive youth development emphasizes the beneficial role of positive emotions (e.g., Reschly et al., 2008). Positive emotions are linkes to student motivation, well-being, and achievement. These desirable feelings contrast with the mostly negative emotions students... Continue Reading →

Integrating the light and dark sides of student engagement with person-oriented and situation-specific approaches

Is high student engagement always desirable? Did you ever feel so committed and motivated to a task that you engaged in it to the point of becoming exhausted? Are student engagement and burnout at school mutually exclusive experiences, or can... Continue Reading →

Just printed: The newest issue of the open-access Journal for Person-Oriented Research

The newest issue of the open access Journal for Person-Oriented Research just got published. It includes my newest article about profiles of harmonious and obsessive passion. In this paper I describe why we probably don't have to worry too much about... Continue Reading →

Two sides of the same coin: Do the Dual Types of Passion Describe Subgroups of Individuals?

Many motivational theories are built on the analysis of correlations between variables, factors analyses, structural equation models, and related approaches. These 'variable-oriented' statistical approaches yield many insights, but they do not answer to all research questions. What analyses of inter-individual... Continue Reading →

Are girls more anxious about science learning? -Surprising findings with Experience Sampling

Many previous studies found girls to be more anxious about science learning than boys, but a recent study by Goetz and colleagues (2013) has questioned this conclusion, showing that previously used assessments might have been biased and that experience sampling... Continue Reading →

Why passion may not be worth getting too excited about.

This column in The Guardian gave an entertaining summary why >>"Passion" may not be worth getting too excited about.<<. Here the LINK to the column.

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