Recent News Coverage

Cwir, D., Carr, P. B., Walton, G. M., & Spencer, S. J. (2011). Your heart makes my heart move: Cues of social connectedness cause shared emotions and physiological states among strangers. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 661-664.

News Coverage

Study or Paper

The Colin McEnroe Show: Willpower. January 9, 2012.


Willpower: It’s in your head. November 26, 2011, The New York Times.


Upping your new year’s resolution odds. January 3, 2011, Los Angeles Times.


It matters whether you believe in willpower. December 10, 2010, Psychology Today.


Researchers shine light on willpower. October 25, 2010, Stanford Daily.


Need a study break to refresh?  Maybe not, say Stanford researchers. October 14, 2010, Stanford Report.

Job, V., Dweck, C. S., & Walton, G. M. (2010). Ego depletion--Is it all in your head?: Implicit theories about willpower affect self-regulation Psychological Science, 21, 1686-1693.

What your test scores don’t say about you. March 20, 2009, Macleans.


Study shows negative assumptions can bring down test scores. February 25, 2009, KCBS San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose.


The impact of negative stereotypes. February 25, 2009, Inside Higher Ed.


Education is all in your mind. February 7, 2009, The New York Times.


How a self-fulfilling stereotype can drag down performance. February 2, 2009, The Washington Post.

Walton, G. M. & Cohen, G. L. (2011).  A brief social-belonging intervention improves academic and health outcomes of minority students. Science, 331, 1447-1451.


Bryan, C. J., Walton, G. M, Rogers, T. & Dweck, C. S. (2011). Motivating voter turnout by invoking the self. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108, 12653-12656.

Walton, G. M., Spencer, S. J., & Erman. S. (in press). Affirmative Meritocracy. Social Issues and Policy Review..

Save your teens, save your marriage: Stanford’s brief interventions. February 22, 2013, Stanford Report.


Dear Valentine, I hate it when you . . . . February 8, 2013, The New York Times.


21 minutes to marital satisfaction. February 5, 2013, Northwestern News.

Finkel, E. J., Slotter, E. B., Luchies, L. B., Walton, G. M., & Gross, J. J. (in press). A brief intervention to promote conflict reappraisal preserves marital quality over time. Psychological Science.

Stanford study: Participation in a cultural activity may reduce prejudice. August 22, 2013, Stanford news


Engaging in a brief cultural activity can reduce implicit prejudice. August 22, 2013, Association for Psychological Science


To reduce prejudice, try sharing passions and cultures. August 23, 2013, National Public Radio

Job, V., Walton, G. M., Bernecker, K., & Dweck, C. S. (in press). Beliefs about willpower determine the impact of glucose on self-control. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America.

Gregory M. Walton

  1. -Assistant Professor

  2. -Department of Psychology

  3. -Stanford University


Contact Information

  1. -(650) 498-4284

  2. -gwalton(at)stanford.edu


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