Heather M. Maranges is a doctoral candidate in the Social Psychology program at Florida State University. Her work addresses when, why, and how people cooperate, or make decisions in accord with the group’s well-being. In her research, she examines various processes that drive moral cognition and the nature and implications of self-control, particularly for social and moral cognitive processes. Heather not only employs traditional experimental and individual difference methods but also leverages diverse theories and methods, including those of evolutionary biology, relationship research, philosophy, neuroscience, and genetics to understand how people arrive at their social and moral judgments. Her research has been featured in Huffington Post, Consumer Affairs, MSN, and Science Daily.
In her current work, Heather explores moral cognitive processes and the centrality of self-control in them. Her research demonstrates that high self-control is associated with less moral temptation and with diverse, often countervailing moral concerns, such as avoiding harm and maximizing outcomes. Her work also highlights that people appear to understand the importance of self-control for cooperation and therefore make inferences about others' self-control abilities to inform attributions of morality and trustworthiness. Heather also examines how childhood unpredictability affects later personality, individual differences, and social and moral cognitive processes, such as moral dilemma judgments.
She received her B.S. in Psychology from Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida). During that time, Heather also completed substantial coursework in the areas of Biology, Philosophy, and English Literature. She received her M.S. and will receive her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Florida State University with support from a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship.
Florida State University
B.S. Psychology (Minors: Biology, Philosophy, English Literature) 2010-2014
M.S. Social Psychology (Advisor: Roy F. Baumeister) 2014-2016
Ph.D. Social Psychology (Advisors: Roy F. Baumeister, Paul Conway) 2016-2019 (expected)
Refereed Journal Articles
Taylor, M. C., & Maranges, H. M. (2019). Are the folk historicists about moral responsibility? Philosophical Psychology. In press.
Baumeister, R. F., Maranges, H. M., & Sjastad, H. (2018). Consciousness of the future as a matrix of maybe: Pragmatic prospection and the simulation of alternative possibilities. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice. 5, 223-238. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cns0000154
Baumeister, R. F., Lau, S., Maranges, H. M., & Clark, C. J. (2018). On the necessity of consciousness for sophisticated human action. Frontiers in Psychology: Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 9, 1925. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01925
Maranges, H. M. & Baumeister, R. F. (2017). The self guides conservation of its regulatory resources. [Peer commentary on “Finding the “self” in self-regulation: The identity-value model” by E. Berkman, J. Livingston, & L. Kahn]. Psychological Inquiry, 28, 108-112. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1047840X.2017.1337398
Maranges, H. M., & McNulty, J. K. (2017). The rested relationship: Sleep benefits marital evaluations. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 117-122. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ fam0000225
Maranges, H. M., Schmeichel, B. J., & Baumeister, R. F. (2017). Comparing cognitive load and ego depletion: Effects on emotions and cognitions. Journal of Learning and Instruction, 51, 74-84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2016.10.010
Baumeister, R. F., Maranges, H. M., & Vohs, K.D. (2017). Human self as information agent: Functioning in a social environment based on shared meanings. Review of General Psychology. In press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/gpr0000114
Maranges, H. M., Reynolds, T. A., Baumeister, R. F., & Conway, P. (Invited revision). Self-Control as the moral dilemma muscle: Trait self-control predicts both deontological and utilitarian moral judgments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Maranges, H. M., & Ainsworth, S. E. (Invited revision). Moralization of obesity: Social error management concerns about self-control and cooperation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
Dieciuc, M., Maranges, H. M., & Folstein, J. R. (Invited revision). Multiplicity before and after: Explicit categorization does not suppress competition. Visual Cognition.
Maranges, H. M., & Reynolds, T. A. (2017). Heritability of Personality. In B. J. Carducci (Editor-in-Chief) & C. S. Nave (Vol. Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of personality and individual differences: Vol. I. Models and theories. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Maranges, H. M., & Reynolds, T. A. (2017). Evolutionary Theory of Personality. In B. J. Carducci (Editor-in-Chief) & C. S. Nave (Vol. Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of personality and individual differences: Vol. I. Models and theories. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Kutta, T. J., *Preston, T. J., & Maranges, H. M. (2017). Costa/McCrae vs. Goldberg Five Factors. In B. J. Carducci (Editor-in-Chief) & C. S. Nave (Vol. Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of personality and individual differences: Vol. I. Models and theories. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
Maranges, H. M. & Baumeister, R. F. (2016). Self-Control and Ego Depletion. In Vohs, K.D. & Baumeister, R.F. (Eds.), The Handbook of Self-Regulation. New York: Guilford Press.
Vonasch, A. J., Maranges, H. M., & Baumeister, R. F., (2016). Self-regulation, controlled processes, and the treatment of addiction. In Heather, N. & Segal, G. (Eds.), Addiction and Choice: Rethinking the Relationship. London: Oxford University Press (UK).
Maranges, H. M., & Baumeister, R. F. (Under review). But first, coffee: Strategic consumption of caffeine to bolster self-control.
Dieciuc, M., Maranges, H. M., & Boot, W. R. (Under review). Controlling attention capture: Does trait self-control influence attention capture?
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