Illusory Control, Unrealistic Optimism, and Persistence on Impossible Tasks

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jeff Bjorck

Project Description

Dr. Bjorck continues with his earlier research on illusionary control and persistence. The current project adds the related but separate construct of unrealistic optimism, using an innovative research design that will permit the assessment of potential interactions.


Bjorck, J. P., & Rogers, S. A. (2005). Religiousness and illusory control in the face of stress. Paper presented at the 113th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Bjorck, J. P., Fruchter, D., Rogers, S. A., & Hofstetter, M. (2005). Belief in God, God control, and religious problem-solving styles in a diverse sample. Poster presented at the 59th Annual Convention of the California Psychological Association, Pasadena, CA.

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