Michael Ent


Associate Professor


Contact Info

LA 2140
Mon - Wed 1 p.m.-2 p.m.
Thurs: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.


Ph.D. in Social Psychology,
Florida State University, 2016

B.A. in Psychology,
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania,

Areas of Expertise

Social Psychology



Free will

Research Interests

Dr. Ent's research spans many topics including self-control, social rejection, health psychology, belief in free will, and guilt proneness. His overarching goal is to better understand human nature. Dr. Ent's work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, and has also been featured in popular media such as Scientific American and The Wall Street Journal.


Selected Publications

Ent, M.R., & Gerend, M.A. (2015). Cognitive dissonance and attitudes toward unpleasant medical screenings. Journal of Health Psychology, 1-10.

Ent, M.R., Baumeister, R.F., & Tice, D.M. (2015). Trait self-control and the avoidance of temptation. Personality and Individual Differences, 74, 12-15.

Ent, M.R., & Baumeister, R.F. (2015). Individual differences in guilt proneness affect how people respond to moral tradeoffs between harm avoidance and obedience to authority. Personality and Individual Differences, 74, 231-234.

Ent, M.R., & Baumeister, R.F. (2014). Embodied free will beliefs: Some effects of physical states on metaphysical opinions. Consciousness and Cognition, 27, 147-154.

Ent, M.R., & Baumeister, R.F. (2014). Obedience, self-control, and the voice of culture. Journal of Social Issues, 70, 574-586.

Ent, M.R., Baumeister, R.F., & Vonasch, A.J. (2012). Power, leadership, and self-regulation. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 6, 619-630.