The upcoming conference Motivation in Social Contexts: Theory and Practice, to be held June 29 –July 2, 2013, in Krakow, Poland. The conference will be jointly sponsored by Jagiellonian University, the University of Gadansk and the Society for the Study of Motivation (SSM). It will immediately follow a small group More
When we’re faced with things that seem threatening, whether it’s a hairy spider or an angry mob, our goal is usually to get as far away as we can. Now, new research suggests that our visual perception may actually be biased in ways that help motivate us to get out More
The New York Times: Rod Dishman, director of the psychology laboratory at the University of Georgia, is annoyed when students enroll in one of the fitness classes offered at his university. Because it’s a class in walking. “It is a sin for a healthy, capable young adult to enroll in More
USA Today: David Petraeus is not your run-of-the-mill husband with a wandering eye. He’s not just another philandering politician or celebrity cheater, like so many others whose indiscretions have come to light in recent years. He’s a retired Army general who designed and led the military surge in Iraq and More
It’s the time of year to give — whether you’re giving gifts to friends and family, donating to complete strangers, or giving yourself a break. The nature of giving is a rich topic for psychological scientists. Over the last year, several researchers have published new insights into how and why More
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