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Making Motivation Work

Our mission is to help integrate research findings across areas in motivation science and identify general principles at work in different settings and at different levels of analysis (from individual to interpersonal, small group to organizational).

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Furthering Motivation Science

Through its research seminars, conferences, and speaker series, the center provides opportunities for motivation scientists, practitioners, and policymakers to meet, discover their shared interests, and work together to further their common goals.

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These featured books, journal articles, and working papers from Motivation Science Center faculty, fellows, and members are a sample of the field’s most interesting and important recent findings.

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Affable Art

As vice president and controller for Swann Galleries, Andrew Ansorge '76 wears many hats. Here, he talks about his presence in and intrigue with the New York art scene.

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Columbia Business School Professor Predicts How Changes in Banking Laws Could Fuel Emerging Economies of Tomorrow

New research tracks emerging countries’ economics activity after law changes and finds a boost in access to credit; increase in employment rate; increase in productivity and sales for firms

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Low-Calorie Menus Could Be Making Us Fat

When lighter options are grouped together, diners opt for heavier meals.

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Innovation, India-Style

R. Gopalakrishnan of Tata Sons offers a surprising take on what’s truly new

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Engineering Smarter Schools

Supporting public schools’ use of technology is a necessary but daunting challenge—one that makes Samantha Brenner ’08 tick.

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Reaching for the Stars

In November, NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra ’13 will blast off into space.

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A Fair Hearing for Sovereign Debt

Market-based solutions to sovereign-debt crises have a high potential for chaos. A prime example: Argentina’s default.

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Can't Meet Anyone Online? It's Not All Your Fault.

Seeking a match online? Whether its a new job or a date, fewer choices may lead to better matches.

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To Anchor a Negotiation, Two Points May Be Better Than One

Opening ranges offer negotiators unexpected benefits both in relationships and final settlements

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