Motivation and Emotion

Oct
27
2010

10 Motivational Quotes

Motivational Quotes

My friend Nick asked asked me if I knew any motivational quotes that can help him to get motivated. Here is a list of some of my favorite inspirational and motivational quotes:

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.
~Woody Allen~

Oct
22
2010

Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself

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Derek Sivers is an american entrpreneur. His company, CD Baby, was the largest seller of independent music on the web, with over $100M in sales for over 150,000 musician clients.

After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone, but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.

Oct
13
2010

Co-action effect: Why doing things together improves your performance

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…I still go to the gym today. Most of the time I work out alone though. Sometimes, after a long day at work for example, I find myself just sitting there and staring out the window. I feel tired and lazy and a lot of times I’m tempted to stop my work out and rather take a hot shower. Everytime that happens, I think of the times when I went to the gym with Carlo and I wonder why I never had this feeling when we did our work out together.

What we’re talking about here is a scientifically examined phenomenon called the “co-action” effect.

Oct
7
2010

Study: What motivates suicide bombers?

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Yesterday, I found an intersting article on a study by Robert Pape, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago. In his book “Dying to win-The Logic of Suicide Terrorism” Pape argues that most suicide bombings are not reduced to religious or idiological believes. Instead they can be attributed to a strong feeling of anger which is caused by violence and the occupation of the person’s country by a foreign force.

Oct
4
2010

Neuropsychology: How our brain dictates what we do.

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On thursday last week I wanted to write another post for this blog but I just couldn’t find the right impulse to actually do it. I felt tired from work and couldn’t really focus on any of the topics. I remembered what I learned about neuropsychology and figuered that it’d be interesting to explain how my tiredness (or hunger or sadness, etc.) actually affected my motivation.

In this post we’re gonna take a closer look at our control and experience center, the human brain.

Sep
27
2010

Lie to me: How to tell the truth by reading emotions

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Lie to Me is an American television series. In the show, Dr. Cal Lightman and his colleagues in The Lightman Group accept assignments from third parties (commonly local and federal law enforcement), and assist in investigations, reaching the truth through applied psychology: interpreting microexpressions and body language.

Can you tell the truth by reading emotions?

Sep
24
2010

Motivation at work: The Two Factor Theory

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The two factor theory is based on a study by Frederick Herzberg (1959). He wanted to find out if there are universal and consistent factors that affect motivation at work.

Herzberg interviewed 203 American accountants & engineers. The test subjects were asked to name times when they felt notably satisfied and unsatisfied about there current and previous jobs. They were also asked to give a detailed description of the chain of events, leading to thiese feelings.

The results turned out to be very consistent, revealing two distinct groups of factors affecting motivation at work.

Sep
22
2010

Psychology in Avertising: IPhone 4 ads hit the spot

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Motivational Psychology is very important in advertising. How do you get your customers to buy your products? How do you motivate them? What can we learn from advertising?

Apple releases four new 30-second IPhone 4 commercials that really hit the spot.

Sep
17
2010

extrinsic motivation: why carrots and sticks don’t work

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Daniel Pink is an american author that writes books about “the changing world of work”. (www.danielpink.com)

In this speach, Daniel Pink talks about a common misconception about motivtion in the work world.

Motivational Psychology distinguishes two kinds of Motivators: Extrinsic and intrinsic motivators.

Daniel Pink explains why it’s unprofitable to use extrinsic motivators(rewards, punishment) for tasks, that require creativity and innovative thinking.