Moeller, J. (2014). Passion as concept of the psychology of motivation. Conceptualization, assessment, inter-individual variability and long-term stability. Dissertation published online [full text]

Articles published in peer-reviewed journals

Moeller, J., Ivcevic, Z., & White, A., & Brackett, M. A. (2018). Mixed emotions: Network analyses of intra-individual co-occurrences within and across situations. Emotion. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/emo0000419 [full text]

Moeller, J., Ivcevic, Z., White, A. E., Menges, J. I., & Brackett, M. A. (2018). Highly engaged but burned-out: Intra-individual profiles in the US workforce. Career Development International. doi:10.1108/CDI-12-2016-0215 [full text]

White, A., Ivcevic, Z., Moeller, J., & Brackett, M. A. (2018). Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Labels Used by U.S. High School Students: A Co-occurrence Network Analysis. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

White, A., Ivcevic, Z., Moeller, J., Brackett, M. A., & Stern, R. (2018). LGBTQ adolescents’ positive and negative experiences in high school. Sex Roles. doi: 10.1007/s11199-017-0885-1 [full text].

Ketonen, E., Dietrich, J., Moeller, J., Salmela-Aro, K., & Lonka, K. (2018). The role of daily autonomous and controlled educational goals in students’ academic emotion states: An experience sampling method approach. Learning and Instruction, 53, 10-20. doi: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2017.07.003. [full text].

Moeller, J., Dietrich, J., Eccles, J. S., & Schneider, B. (2017). On the variability and long-term stability of passion: A longitudinal Experience Sampling Approach. Journal for Research on Adolescence, 27(2), 344–361. doi: 10.1111/jora.12297 [abstract]

Dietrich, J., Viljaranta, J., Moeller, J., & Kracke, B. (2017). Situational expectancies and task values: Associations with students’ effort, Learning and Instruction, 47, 53–64. doi: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2016.10.009 [full text]

Salmela-Aro, K., Moeller, J., Schneider, B.; Spicer, J., & Lavonen, J. (2016). Integrating the light and dark sides of student engagement with person-oriented and situation-specific approaches. Learning and Instruction, 43, 61–70. doi:10.1016/j.learninstruc.2016.01.001 [full text]

Schneider, B., Krajcik, J., Lavonen, J., Salmela-Aro, J., Broda, M., Spicer, J., Bruner, J., Moeller, J., Inkinen, J., Juuti, K. & Viljaranta, J. (2016). Investigating optimal learning moments in U.S. and Finnish science classes. Journal for Research in Science Teaching, 53(3), 400–421. doi: 10.1002/tea.21306

Moeller, J. (2015). A word on standardization in longitudinal studies: don’t. Frontiers in Psychology, 6(1389). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01389 (open access) [full text]

Moeller, J., Salmela-Aro, K., Lavonen, J., Schneider, B. (2015). Does anxiety in math and science classrooms impair math and science motivation? Gender differences beyond the mean level. International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, 7(2). (open access). [full text]

Moeller, J., Keiner, M., & Grassinger, R. (2015). Two sides of the same coin: Do the dual ‘types’ of passion describe distinct subgroups of individuals? Journal for Person-Oriented Research, 2(3), 131-150. doi: 10.17505/jpor.2015.15 (open access) [full text]

Book Chapters

Moeller, J., Spicer, J., Salmela-Aro, K., & Schneider, B. (2017). Advances in the research on situation-specific and contextual aspects of student engagement. In: I. Schoon & R. K. Silbereisen (Eds.). Pathways to Adulthood. Educational opportunities, motivation and attainment in times of social change (pp.119-136). London: UCL IOE Press. [full text].

Moeller, J., Eccles, J.S., Salmela-Aro, K., Dietrich, J., Schneider, B., Grassinger, R. (2015). Passion and Motivation. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 17. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 570–576. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.26101-1 LINK to sciencedirect

Moeller, J. (2014). The contribution of Passion and Commitment to the Explanation of Motivation and Persistence in Deliberate Practice: Reviewing Theoretical Conceptualization and Empirical Evidence. In: Wolfensberger, M. V. C., Prayer, L., & Volker, J. J. M. (Eds.). Pursuit of Excellence in a Networked Society – Theoretical and Practical Approaches (pp. 57-66). Münster: Waxmann. LINK to amazon book view

Drayer, L., Wolfensberger, M., & Moeller, J. (2014). Evoking excellence with special undergraduate programs: A German – Dutch comparison. In: Wolfensberger, M. V. C., Drayer, L., & Volker, J. J. M. (Eds.). Pursuit of Excellence in a Networked Society – Theoretical and Practical Approaches (pp. 225-332). Münster: Waxmann.

Selected Conference Presentations

Obschonka, M. & Moeller, J. (2017). Entrepreneurial passion and personality.  Academy of Management Proceedings (Meeting Abstract Supplement), 12153. doi: 10.5465/AMBPP.2017.12153

Moeller, J., Grassinger, R., Ivcevic, Z, & Grohman, M. (2016). Measuring facets of passion: The commitment and passion model. In J. Moeller (Chair), Passion as a psychological construct: Roots and Recent Innovations. Symposium conducted at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Motivation (SSM), Chicago, Illinois, US. [PDF]

Media impact

Journals, blogs, and TV channels reported about our recent research on situational variability of task values and competence beliefs in learning situations (Team: Dr. Julia Dietrich, Professor Bärbel Kracke und Professor Jaana Viljaranta), see e.g.,

As a postdoc at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, I was part of a team studying emotions of U.S. high school students and employees. Our “Emotion Revolution” project for high schools was featured in several newspaper articles and blogs.

In a digital article for the Harvard Business Review, we have reported about our findings on motivation and stress in workplaces, the first results of the project “Emotion Revolution in the Workplace” by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and the Faas Foundation. Our study on co-occurring engagement and burnout was mentioned in the New York Times (May 6th, 2018), as well as The Education Times, India (February 22nd, 2018).
Also, the Matt Townsend Show of BYUradio featured an interview with me about the study (see here for the podcast) and the story was picked up by the ‘Green Apple Podcast’ by John Garrett and Rachel Fish.

Psychology Today is featuring my blog ‘Passion 101’, where I report research findings on motivation.

My research about passion was also mentioned in an article in the journal “Psychologie Heute”:

The Blog On Learning and Development (BOLD) by the Jacobs Foundation has invited me to write about mixed feelings about school. My research on academic emotions has also been mentioned in the Leipziger Volkszeitung.

Updates about my research activities are given on my own blog: