Motivation

Time Discounting Predicts Creditworthiness

Investigations continue into the institutional and situational causes of the subprime mortgage crisis in the United States. Meier and Sprenger (2012) wondered if there might also be an individual difference component to this crisis that could help predict the decision to default on one’s loan. In a survey of 437 low- and moderate-income adults, they [...]

Eating for Pleasure or Profit

Should parents offer rewards in order to increase their children’s consumption of vegetables? Past research has yielded conflicting results about the undermining effect that extrinsic rewards may have on children’s intrinsic motivation. Cooke, Chambers, Añez, Croker, Boniface, Yeomans, and Wardle (2011) examined the short-term and long-term effects of rewarding 4-6 year old children for eating [...]