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., Brackett, M., Ivcevic, Z., & White, A. (2020). High school students’ emotions: Discoveries from a large national survey and an experience sampling study. Learning and Instruction, 66. doi: 10.1016/j.learninstruc.2019.101301 [Pre-Print]

Moeller, J., Viljaranta, J., & Kracke, B., & Dietrich, J., (2020). Disentangling objective characteristics of learning situations from subjective perceptions thereof, using an experience sampling method design. Frontline Learning Research, 8(3), doi: 10.14786/flr.vi3.529. [Pre-print]

Seppälä, E., Bradley, C., Moeller, J., Nandamudi, D., & Brackett, M. A. (2020, in press). Promoting mental health and well-being among university students: A randomized control trial of three well-being interventions. Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Cotter, K. N., Ivcevic, Z. & Moeller, J. (2020). Latent Profile Analysis of Originality and Fluency of Divergent Thinking Responses. Journal of Research in Personality, 86. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2020.103941

Ivcevic, Z., Moeller, M., Menges, J. I., Brackett, M., (2020). Supervisor emotionally intelligent behavior and employee creativity. Journal of Creative Behavior. doi: 10.1002/jocb.436

Taylor, C., Ivcevic, Z., Brackett, M., Moeller, M. (2020, in press). Gender and Support for Creativity at Work. Creativity and Innovation Management.  

Dietrich, J., Moeller, J., Guo, J., Viljaranta, J., & Kracke, B. (2019). In-the-Moment Profiles of Expectancies, Task Values, and Costs. Frontiers in Psychology, 10:1662 doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01662 [Open materials]

Newman, A., Obschonka, M., & Moeller, J., Chandan, G. G. (2019). Entrepreneurial Passion: A Review, Synthesis and Agenda for Future Research. Applied Psychology. doi:10.1111/apps.12236 [full text]

Dietrich, J., Moeller, J., Guo, J., Viljaranta, J., & Kracke, B. (2019). In-the-Moment Profiles of Expectancies, Task Values, and Costs. Frontiers in Psychology, 10:1662 doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01662. [full text]

Obschonka, M., Moeller, J., & Göthner, M. (2019). Entrepreneurial passion in organizations: The role of personality. Frontiers in Psychology, 9:2697. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02697. [full text]

Moeller, J., Ivcevic, Z., & White, A., & Brackett, M. A. (2018). Mixed emotions: Network analyses of intra-individual co-occurrences within and across situations. Emotion,18(8), 1106-1121. doi: 10.1037/emo0000419 [pre-print]

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, 23(1), 86-105. doi: 10.1108/CDI-12-2016-0215  doi:10.1108/CDI-12-2016-0215 [pre-print]

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, 5(2), 243-252. doi: 10.1037/sgd0000266

White, A., Ivcevic, Z., Moeller, J., Brackett, M. A., & Stern, R. (2018). LGBTQ adolescents’ positive and negative experiences in high school. Sex Roles, 79(9-10), 594-608. doi: 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

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 [preprint]

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 [abstract]

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 [abstract]

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

Spicer, J., Schneider, B., Salmela-Aro, K., & Moeller, J. (2018). The conceptualization and measurement of student engagement in science: A cross-cultural examination from Finland and the United States. In L. D. Hill, & F. J. Levine (Eds.), Global Perspectives on Education Research (pp. 227-248). Taylor and Francis Inc. doi: 10.4324/9781351128421 [abstract]

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. [book abstract]

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. [book abstract]

Articles under review / under revision

Moeller, J. (under review). Reasons to avoid z-scores in graphs displaying profile and group differences. Manuscript submitted for publication. PRE-PRINT:

Moeller, J., Ivcevic, Z., White, A. E., Taylor, C., Menges, J. I., Caruso, D., & Brackett, M. A. (under review). Passion for work: What is it, who has it, and does it matter? Manuscript submitted for publication. Preprint:

Other publications

Dumont, H., Brod, G., Hofer, S., & Moeller, J. (2019). Individualized Learning through adaptive teaching. White paper for the Jacobs Foundation.

Ivcevic, Z., Stern, R., Moeller, J. (2019). The truth about burnout: It doesn’t look how we expect it to. The Hill (30.08.2019). Retrieved from’t-look-how-we-expect-it-to

Seppälä, M. & Moeller, J. (2018). 1 in 5 Highly Engaged Employees Is at Risk of Burnout. Digital Article for the Harvard Business Review. Retrieved from

Moeller, J. (2016) Mixed feelings. The dark side of learning motivation and the bright side of negative emotions. Invited contribution to the science blog of the Jacobs Foundation. Retrieved from:

Moeller, J. (2016). Passion for Activities: Co-occurring Pain and Joy. Pathfinder (Newsletter of the Pathways to Adulthood Programme), 11, 6-7. Retrieved from:

Moeller, J. (2019). Passion 101. A blog on Psychology Today. Retrieved from

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: