Genetic Variation Contributes to Individual Differences in Pleasure
Differences in how our brains respond when we’re anticipating a financial reward are due, in part, to genetic differences.
New Research From Psychological Science
A sample of research exploring: rewards, attention, and working memory; testosterone and emotional control in police recruits; and gene-environment interactions linking early adversity and romantic relationships.
Dedication Buffers Employees Against Boredom, Study Suggests
The time seems to crawl. Your motivation is nil. You feel like your talents are wasting away. You’re not alone. While a recent Gallup poll shows an uptick in job satisfaction, a major part of
Maslow’s pyramid of needs
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is probably the world’s most famous framework to explain human motivation. As a refresher: It would suggest that you were driven to open this newsletter by a “higher level” need to
Is It Healthy to Use Food as a Reward?
Hi, Dan. I have final exams coming up, and I’m trying to get motivated by giving myself rewards for studying. But all the rewards I can think of involve sweets or fried foods, which will
A Prescription for Change
New insights from learning and motivation science are challenging conventional views of addiction as a brain disease.