O’Keefe, P. A. & Harackiewicz, J. M. (Eds.) (2017). The science of interest. Springer: Cham. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-55509-6


Nisa, C. F., Belanger, J. J., Faller, D. G., Buttrick, N. R., … O’Keefe, P. A. … Leander, N. P. (in press) Perceived economic risk (vs. health risk) motivates individual efforts to fight COVID‑19: a multilevel analysis in 24 countries. Scientific Reports.

Han, Q., Zheng, B., Cristea, M., Agostini, M., … O’Keefe, P. A. … Leander, N. P. (in press). Trust in government regarding COVID-19 and its associations with preventive health behaviour and prosocial behaviour during the pandemic: a cross-sectional and longitudinal study. Psychological Medicine. doi:

Romano, A., Spadaro, G., Balliet, D., Joireman. J., … O’Keefe, P. A. … Leander, N. P. (in press). Cooperation and Trust Across Societies During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Han, Q., Zheng, B., Agostini, M., Bélanger, J. J., … O’Keefe, P. A. …, & Leander, N. P. (2021). Associations of risk perception of COVID-19 with emotion and mental health during the pandemic. Journal of Affective Disorders. PDF

O’Keefe, P. A., Horberg, E. J., Saherwal, A., Ibasco, G. S., & Zainal, A. (2021). Thinking beyond boundaries: A growth theory of interest enhances integrative thinking that bridges the arts and sciences. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 162, 95–108. PDF

Jin, S., Balliet, D., Romano, A., Spadaro, G., … O’Keefe, P. A. … & Leander, N. P. (2021). Intergenerational Conflicts of Interest and Prosocial Behavior During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Personality and Individual Differences. PDF

Plante, I., O’Keefe, P. A., Aronson, J. M., Fréchette-Simard, C., & Goulet, M. (2019). The interest gap: How gender stereotypes predict academic interests. Social Psychology of Education, 22(1), 227–245. doi:10.1007/s11218-018-9472-8 PDF

O’Keefe, P. A., Dweck, C. S., & Walton, G. M. (2018). Implicit theories of interest: Finding your passion or developing it? Psychological Science, 29(10) 1653–1664. doi:10.1177/0956797618780643 PDF

O’Keefe, P. A., Letourneau, S., Milne, C., Homer, B. D., Schwartz, R., & Plass, J. L. (2014). Learning from multiple representations: An examination of fixation patterns in a science simulation. Computers in Human Behavior35, 234–242. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2014.02.040 PDF

O’Keefe, P. A., & Linnenbrink-Garcia, L. (2014). The role of interest in optimizing performance and self-regulation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology53, 70–78. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2014.02.004 PDF

*Plass, J., *O’Keefe, P. A., Homer, B. D., Case, J., Hayward, E., Stein., M., & Perlin, K. (2013). The impact of individual, competitive, and collaborative mathematics game play on learning, performance, and motivation. Journal of Educational Psychology105(4), 1050–1066. doi:10.1037/a0032688 (*co-first authorship) PDF

O’Keefe, P. A., Ben-Eliyahu, A., & Linnenbrink-Garcia, L. (2013). Shaping achievement goal orientations in a mastery-structured environment and concomitant changes in related contingencies of self-worth. Motivation and Emotion37(1), 50–64. doi: 10.1007/s11031-012-9293-6 PDF

Plante, I., O’Keefe, P. A., & Théorêt, M. (2013). The relation between achievement goal and expectancy-value theories in predicting achievement-related outcomes: A test of four theoretical conceptions. Motivation and Emotion37(1), 65–78. doi: 10.1007/s11031-012-9282-9 PDF

Linnenbrink-Garcia, L., Middleton, M., Ciani, K. D., Easter, M. A., O’Keefe, P. A., & Zusho, A. (2012). Performance approach and avoidance goal orientations: Pressing theoretical and methodological concerns. Educational Psychologist47(4) 281–301. doi: 10.1080/00461520.2012.722515 PDF


O’Keefe, P. A., Lee, H. Y., & Chen, P. (2021). Changing students’ beliefs about learning can unveil their potential. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences8(1), 84–91. doi: 10.1177/2372732220984173 PDF

O’Keefe, P. A., Dweck, C. S., & Walton, G. M. (2018, September 10). Having a Growth Mindset Makes It Easier to Develop New Interests. Harvard Business ReviewWEB

O’Keefe, P. A. & Harackiewicz, J. M. (2017). Toward a new science of interest. In P. A. O’Keefe & J. M. Harackiewicz (Eds.). The Science of Interest. Springer. PDF

O’Keefe, P. A., Horberg, E. J., Plante, I. (2017). The multifaceted role of interest in motivation and engagement. In P. A. O’Keefe & J. M. Harackiewicz (Eds.). The Science of Interest. Springer. PDF

O’Keefe, P. A. (2013). Mindsets and self-evaluation: How beliefs about intelligence can create a preference for growth over defensiveness. In S. B. Kaufman (Ed.), The Complexity of Greatness: Beyond Talent or Practice, 119–134. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794003.003.0008 PDF

O’Keefe, P. A. (2007). Social judgment theory. In W. Darity (Editor-in-Chief), International encyclopedia of the social sciences (2nd ed.), New York: Macmillan Reference USA.

Grigorenko, E. L., & O’Keefe, P. A. (2004). Dealing with change: Manifestations, measurements, and methods. In A. Demetriou & A. Raftopoulos (Eds.). Cognitive developmental change: Theories, models and measurement. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/CBO9780511489938.012 PDF

Grigorenko, E. L., & O’Keefe, P. A. (2004). What do children do when they cannot go to school? In R. J. Sternberg & E. L. Grigorenko (Eds.), Culture and competence: Contexts of life success. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. doi: 10.1037/10681-002 PDF

O’Keefe, P. A. (2002). Teenager: A damaging and outdated label. [Review of T. Hine (Ed.), The rise and fall of the American teenager]. Contemporary Psychology47, 480–481. PDF


O’Keefe, P. A. (2021, May 3). Universities must cultivate a growth mindset in their students. Times Higher Education. WEB

O’Keefe, P. A. (2019, August 3). Your passion isn’t waiting to be ‘found’. You need to develop it. The Business Times. WEB

O’Keefe, P. A. (2014, September 7). Liking work really matters. The New York Times, p. 12. WEB


O’Keefe, P. A., Horberg, E. J., Dweck, C. S., Walton, G. M. (under review). A brief intervention portraying interests as developed, not fixed, increases in STEM interest 8 months later.

O’Keefe, P. A., Horberg, E. J., Lee, F., & Dweck, C. S. (under review). Implicit theories of opportunity: When opportunity fails to knock, keep waiting or take action?

Chen, P., Lin, Y., Pereira, D. J. H., O’Keefe, P. A., & Yates, J. F. (under review). Fanning the flames of passion: A develop mindset predicts intentions to use strategies for up-regulating passion.

O’Keefe, P. A., Chaffee, K. E., Horberg, E. J., Plante, I., & Harackiewicz, J. M. (under review). Multiple pathways to academic achievement: How achievement goals predict grades via distinct task values in two year-long courses.

O’Keefe, P. A. & Horberg, E. J. (in prep). A cross-cultural examination of the value placed on pursuing one’s passion.

Sabherwal, A., O’Keefe, P. A., & Horberg, E. J. (in prep). Boosting women’s belonging in STEM fields with a fixed theory of interest.

O’Keefe, P. A., Butler, R., & Dweck, C. S. (in prep). A tale of two achievement goal theories.