John Tauer portrait

John Tauer

Professor & Men's Head Basketball Coach
Degree
PhD., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
Office
ARC 100
Phone
(651) 962-5953
Mail
ARC 100
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Dr. Tauer joined the St. Thomas in 2000. His research focuses on how factors such as competition, cooperation, and goal-setting affect intrinsic motivation. Tauer earned a PhD in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently working on a book that focuses on youth sports, parents, and motivation. He also runs the offense for the Men’s Basketball Program at St. Thomas. His personal website is www.johnnytauerbasketball.com 

Dr. Tauer also writes a regular blog for Psychology Today titled “Goal Posts�. His blog focuses on issues surrounding sport, competition, cooperation, and motivation.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/goal-posts


Academic History
PhD., Social Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
M.S., Social Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996
B.A., Psychology, University of St. Thomas, 1995
 


Expertise
Intrinsic Motivation
Social Psychology
Competition, Cooperation, and Goal-Setting
Parental Behavioral and Youth Sports

Representative Publications
Tauer, J.M., Guenther, C.L., & Rozek, C. (2009).  The Home Choke Revisited. 
     Journal of Applied Sport Psychlogy, 21, 148-162.   

Durik, A., Linnenbrink, L., Barron, K., Tauer, J., & Harackiewicz, J. (in press) Measuring
      situational interest in academic domains.  To be published in Educational and
      Psychological Measurement.
  

Kingsbury, J.H., & Tauer, J.M. (2009).  The ESPN Effect:  How Slam Dunks Affect
     Individualism, Competitiveness, and Optimism.  International Journal of Sport
     Communication,
2, 21-35. 

Harackiewicz, J.M., Durik, A.M., Barron, K.E., Linnenbrink-Garcia, L., & Tauer, J.M.
     (2008).  The role of achievement goals in the development of interest:  Reciprocal relations
     between achievement goals, interest, and performance.  Journal of Educational Psychology,
     100, 105-122. 

Winter, M., & Tauer, J.M. (2007). Virtue theory and social psychology. Journal of Value
     Inquiry,
40, 73-82.

Tauer, J.M. (2007). The scarcity principle.  In R. Baumeister & K. Vohs (Eds.), Encyclopedia
     of Social Psychology.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Harackiewicz, J.M., & Tauer, J.M. (2006). Racing through 100 years of competition research:
     Individual differences, multiple goals, and multiple indicators of success.  In P.A.M. Van
     Lange (Ed.),  Bridging social psychology:  The benefits of transdisciplinary approaches.
     (pp. 239-244). Mahwah, NJ:  Erlbaum.

Tauer, J.M. (2005). Motivation.  Essay for the Encyclopedia of Human Development.

Tauer, J.M., & Harackiewicz, J.M. (2004). The effects of cooperation and competition
      on intrinsic motivation and performance. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,
      86, 849-861.

Harackiewicz, J. M., Barron, K. E., Tauer, J. M., & Elliot, A. J.  (2002). Predicting success in
     college: A longitudinal study of achievement goals and ability measures as predictors of interest
     and performance from freshman year through graduation. Journal of Educational Psychology,
     94, 562-575.

Tauer, J.M., & Harackiewicz, J.M. (2001).  Evaluation and intrinsic motivation: The double-edged
     sword.  In S.G. Harkins (Ed.), Multiple perspective on the effects of evaluation on performance:
     Toward an integration (pp. 77 98).  Boston: Kluwer.

Durik, A.M., Tauer, J.M., & Harackiewicz, J.M. (2001).  Just do it: Remaining task focused
     when performance outcomes loom large.  In S.G. Harkins (Ed.), Multiple perspective on the effects
      of evaluation on performance: Toward an integration
(pp. 189 206).  Boston: Kluwer.

Harackiewicz, J. M., Barron, K. E., Tauer, J. M., Carter, S. M., & Elliot, A. J. (2000). Short-term
     and long-term consequences of achievement goals in college: Predicting continued interest and
     performance over time. Journal of Educational Psychology, 92, 316-330.

Devine, P. G., Tauer, J. M., Barron, K. E., Elliot, A. J., & Vance, K. M. (1999). Moving beyond
     attitude change in the study of dissonance-related processes. In E. Harmon-Jones & J. Mills (Eds.),
     Cognitive Dissonance: Progress on a Pivotal Theory in Social Psychology (pp. 297-323).
     Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Tauer, J.M., & Harackiewicz, J.M. (1999). Winning isn’t Everything: Competition, Achievement
     Orientation, and Intrinsic Motivation. Special issue on intrinsic motivation of the
     Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (Special Issue), 35, 209-238.
   
Selected Conference Presentations with Students
Tauer, J.M., Laumakis, S.J., Kingsbury, J.H., & Padley, S.E. (2009). The Effects of
     Inquiry-Based Learning and Achievement Goals on Student Motivation and Performance.
     Poster presented at the Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological
     Science, San Francisco, CA.

Padley, S.E., & Tauer, J.M. (2008). The role of parenting styles in young athletes’ goals,
     sportspersonship, and motivation. Poster presented at the Twentieth Annual Meeting
     of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Tauer, J.M., & Kingsbury, J.H. (2007). The ESPN effect: How slam-dunks affect individualism,
     competitiveness, and optimism in athletes. Poster presented at the Nineteenth Annual Meeting
     of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Guenther, C.L., Rozek, C.R., & Tauer, J.M. (2007). The home choke revisited. Poster presented
     at the Nineteenth Annual Meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Sweeney, S.J., & Tauer, J.M. (2006). Must succeed, try to succeed, or try to avoid failing:
     The effects of goal orientation, competition, and cooperation on motivation. Poster presented
     at the  Annual Midwest Sociological Society Conference. Omaha, NE.

Tauer, J.M., & Guenther, C.L. (2004). The Effects of Expected and Unexpected
     Performance-Contingent Rewards on Task Enjoyment.  Poster presented at the Seventy-Sixth
     Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Tauer, J.M., & Muntifering, C.J. (2003). Stereotype Threat and Achievement Goals: Avoiding
      Failure vs. Approaching Success. Paper presented at the Seventy-Fifth Annual Meeting of the
     Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Tauer, J.M., & Mueller, K.A. (2002). The effects of frequency and valence of feedback on task
     enjoyment. Poster presented at the Seventy-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Midwestern
     Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Professional Memberships
American Psychological Association 
Association for Psychological Science

Summer 2014 Courses

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Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
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PSYC 121 - 01 Social Psychology M - W - F 1055 - 1200 JRC LL01
CRN: 40317 4 Credit Hours This is an introduction to the field of social psychology, which examines how an individual's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the social context. The course covers such topics as conformity, persuasion, stereotypes and prejudice, love and relationships, helping behavior and altruism, aggression, the self-concept, and group dynamics. Prerequisite: PSYC 111

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