Ruth Kanfer’s research examines the role of motivation, personality, emotion, and self-regulation in training, performance, and work transitions across the lifespan. Her work investigates the structure and influence of motivational traits such as mastery, desire to learn, competitiveness, and worry on goals and skill training, consequences of job search behavior, and the predictive validity of traits for academic and job success. Her research also explores emotion regulation, motivation in an aging workforce, and person determinants of contextual work behaviors.
What keeps us invested in working for more than just a paycheck? From Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to self-determination theory, researchers are drawing on psychological science to understand the factors that keep employees engaged. More
Differences in how our brains respond when we’re anticipating a financial reward are due, in part, to genetic differences. More