True Grit

It may be obvious that effort and stamina are required to accomplish anything worthwhile in life. But how easy is it to forget this fact in moments when we feel tortoise-like relative to our seemingly hare-like peers? More

  • Putting in a lot of effort to earn a reward can make unappealing prizes more attractive to kindergartners, but not to preschoolers, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings revealed that when 6-year-olds worked hard to earn stickers that More

    At What Age Does Hard Work Add a Shine to Lousy Prizes?

    Putting in a lot of effort to earn a reward can make unappealing prizes more attractive to kindergartners, but not to preschoolers, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings revealed that when 6-year-olds worked hard to earn stickers that More

  • Researchers find that the amount of practice accumulated over time does not seem to play a huge role in accounting for individual differences in skill or performance. More

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    Becoming an Expert Takes More Than Practice

    Researchers find that the amount of practice accumulated over time does not seem to play a huge role in accounting for individual differences in skill or performance. More

  • Many professionals are driven by a pure passion for their work, finding reward in simply doing a good job, delivering a great service, or producing a great product. For these people, their career is not just an occupation, but a calling. Others are driven primarily by salary, acclaim, or the More

    Mixed Motives May Mess Up Motivation

    Many professionals are driven by a pure passion for their work, finding reward in simply doing a good job, delivering a great service, or producing a great product. For these people, their career is not just an occupation, but a calling. Others are driven primarily by salary, acclaim, or the More

  • New research finds that just the sense that we’re working together with others can dramatically increase our motivation to complete difficult tasks—even when we’re actually working alone. Across five experiments Stanford psychological scientists Priyanka B. Carr and Gregory M. Walton concluded that even subtle suggestions of being part of a More

    Just Feeling Like Part of a Team Increases Motivation on Challenging Tasks

    New research finds that just the sense that we’re working together with others can dramatically increase our motivation to complete difficult tasks—even when we’re actually working alone. Across five experiments Stanford psychological scientists Priyanka B. Carr and Gregory M. Walton concluded that even subtle suggestions of being part of a More

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