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Leyla Bagheri

Alumni (MA Student)


2015–2017 M.A. in Social and Personality Psychology (Carleton University)
2008–2012 B.A. in Psychology (York University)

Research Interests

Leyla Bagheri was a MA student in the Social and Personality Psychology program in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University.

Under the supervision of Dr. Marina Milyavskaya, her research interests focused on factors that contribute to personal well-being and enhanced performance. Her primary research concentrated on the influence of basic psychological needs and the effects of novelty and variety on well-being outcomes. As a Master’s Student, she was specifically interested in understanding the extensive literature on novelty-variety and the criteria of basic psychological needs to explore novelty-variety as a basic need. As a second line of research, she was also interested in understanding the optimal internal conditions that help to sustain motivation and result in subjective well-being and effective goal progress simultaneously. This includes personal, social, and emotional dynamics of self-regulatory mechanisms.

Her main objective was to not only conduct meaningful and practical research to assist schools and organizations to optimally and compassionately manage their human resources, but also to advocate and implement them.


Bagheri, L., & Milyavskaya, M. (2019). Novelty – variety as a candidate basic psychological need: New evidence across three studies. Motivation and Emotion, 44(2), 32-53.

Select Conference Presentations

Bagheri, L., Milyavskaya, M. (2017, January). Lacking novel experiences: experimentally contrasting effects of novelty-variety and other basic psychological needs on well-Being. Poster to be presented at the 18th Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), San Antonio, Texas.

Bagheri, L., Milyavskaya, M. (2016, June). Testing Novelty-Variety as a candidate psychological need. Poster presented at the 6th International Self Determination Theory Conference. Victoria, BC.

Bagheri, L., Milyavskaya, M. (2016, April). Psychological need satisfaction and the importance of variety/novelty. Paper presented at the 1st Annual Psychology Graduate Student Conference, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Bagheri, L., Milyavskaya, M. (2015, January). Situational and interpersonal variation in psychological need satisfaction and its relation to well-being. Poster presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, United States.

Bagheri, L. (2013, May). Leadership style predicts interpersonal sensitivity. Poster presented at the 14th Annual Conference of the Society for Social and Personality Psychology, New Orleans, United States.

Kapoor, A., Tsue, K., Bagheri, L., Kang, S.  Lacetera, N. (2013, January). Divergent effects of social identity threat on risk-taking behavior among men and women. Poster presented at the 14th  Annual Conference of the Society for Social and Personality Psychology, New Orleans, United States.