Research Summary

The Subjective Experience of Work

by Teresa M. Amabile


In a related research stream, I study how individuals experience work day by day, what influences that subjective experience, and what the consequences are for performance. This builds on the work-diary research that culminated in my book, The Progress Principle. My current projects in this stream include (a) the effect of daily self-reflection about work, and review of one’s past reflections, on emotions, perceptions, motivation, and behaviors. This series of online experiments is being done in collaboration with Dr. Ting Zhang. (b) The experience of downtime (idle time) at work and its performance consequences. A paper reporting this series of experiments, with doctoral student Andrew Brodsky, is currently under review for publication.