Scholars Profile for Amy Summerville

Amy Summerville

Dr. Amy Summerville

Assistant Professor

Psychology Building, 100 Miami University Oxford, OH 45056

Phone: 513 529 6126

Scholarly Interests:
My research is focused on understanding when and why people think about "what might have been," and the effects of these thoughts in applied, everyday contexts. I'm particularly interested in the experience of regret, the negative emotion stemming from the realization that one's actions could have resulted in better outcomes than actually occurred. I have done work examining what regrets individuals report both in real life and in lab contexts. This work has informed theoretical work focused on the functional nature of regret, and the role of opportunity in the strength of regret. My research also focuses on the decision to seek vs. avoid information about foregone options, and how this decision may be a strategic response to regret.

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What we regret most . . . and why
PSPB, Vol. 31 No. 9, September 2005 1273-1285

Praise for regret: people value regret above other negative emotions
Motivation and Emotion (2008), 32, 46-54.

Self-report measures of individual differences in regulatory focus: a cautionary note
Journal of Research in Personality 42 (2008) 247–254.

Dare to compare: fact-based versus simulation-based comparison in daily life
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (2008), 44, 664-671.

Multi-measure investigation of the divergence of implicit and explicit consumer evaluations
Zeitschrift für Psychologie / Journal of Psychology (2010), 218, 28-35.

Rush of regret: a longitudinal analysis of naturalistic regrets

Repetitive regret, depression, and anxiety: findings from a nationally representative survey

Regret and behavior: comment on Zeelenberg and Pieters
Journal of Consumer Psychology, 17(1), 25-28

Counterfactual-seeking: The scenic overlook of the road not taken