Welcome to the Learning and Motivational Beliefs Lab!

We study what motivates students to learn and how teachers, parents, and peers can create equitable and motivationally supportive environments. We take a social-cognitive approach to studying motivation, with an emphasis on people’s beliefs about and perceptions of themselves and others. Ultimately, our goal is to contribute to knowledge about how to best support all students’ learning and reduce inequities in educational outcomes.

Most, though not all, of our work is with adolescent (middle and high school) and college-aged students, as well as their teachers, parents, and peers. Most of our research is conducted within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) contexts. We collaborate often and hold a joint weekly lab meeting with the Science of Learning and Metacognition Lab.

The lab is directed by Dr. Katie Muenks and is located in the Educational Psychology department at the University of Texas at Austin.

Graduation Around the Corner – The Allen Flame

Dr. Muenks is planning to accept new graduate students for the 2022-2023 school year.

UT graduate applications close on December 1, 2021. Click here for more information about applying to the Ph.D. program.

The Department of Educational Psychology is currently ranked 7th in the nation among public institutions by U.S. News & World Report.