10 votes
Accepted

Paul Ekman suggests that in near-accidents, fear motivates people to hit their car brakes. Is the fear response fast enough to do this?

This was much longer than I expected! There's quite a bit of ground to cover, but I try to go over it quickly. So, there are two implicit theoretical assumptions in your question: We have an "affect ...
user avatar
  • 4,246
7 votes

What is the neurological basis of maintaining self discipline?

Studies have shown that some people can mentally isolate stressors so that they do not affect performance in other areas. This is sometimes referred to as isolating or repressing the memory of the ...
user avatar
7 votes

Problems with using personal feedback to motivate participation in an online psychological experiment?

Ethics of Feedback: The APA's code of ethics (2010) as well as the Advisory Group on Conducting Research on the Internet (AGCRI) report (2004) summarize ethical issues related to conducting offline ...
user avatar
7 votes
Accepted

Questionnaire regarding the motivation to be physically active

David Markland's website has several related questionnaires and scales that are available for research use. The Behavioural Regulation in Exercise Questionnaire seems like a good fit: The Behavioural ...
user avatar
7 votes
Accepted

What are the real motives of people helping to each other?

TLDR While I have provided a full answer explaining Karpman's Drama Triangle, you can skip that and go to the last heading (Your question). Basis of my answer If you are approaching this question as a ...
user avatar
  • 11.2k
6 votes

Does motivation and interest correlate highly with IQ and can someone be smart but perform poorly in a particular field?

Intelligence refers to a general cognitive capacity, it does not refer to knowledge in specific fields of study. This means that yes, it is possible to have high intelligence but have low knowledge / ...
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

Why do some people refuse to wear their seat belt while being aware of the risks?

I think this is a rather difficult question to answer. Psychology Today sums up some interesting reasons why people totally aware of the risks involved in not wearing a seat belt (or in smoking ...
user avatar
  • 19.6k
5 votes

Where does action based on thought originate within the human brain?

There are many areas of the brain that are associated with planning complex behavior. This is because planning and executing are mediated by the brain's capacity for executive functioning, and EF is ...
user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

Social loafing vs. Free riding

You are correct in that these terms are very close in definition, but terminology is not just about identifying a concept. Terminology is also about identifying the perspective from which you will ...
user avatar
5 votes
Accepted

Is there any update on the hypothesis on primary emotions corresponding on "love"?

This hypothesis relies on a number of ideas that are difficult to defend in light of the past decade of emotion research. Most notably, there is almost no evidence of modular "emotion systems" in the ...
user avatar
  • 4,246
5 votes

Why our brain can't fool itself to constantly produce dopamine?

Short answer Continuous activation of the reward system leads to habituation and hence a downregulation of the pleasure feelings. Further, a continuous euphoric state is a potentially harmful state, ...
user avatar
  • 19.6k
5 votes
Accepted

What hormones stimulate non-sexual intimate behaviour?

But I'm wondering if any of these hormones are linked with physically intimate non-sexual behaviour, like hugs, kisses and cuddles. Kissing is a little messy because it could be characterised as ...
user avatar
  • 1,237
5 votes

What is the motivation model behind StackExchange?

The short answer is that anyone who gives you a short answer should be treated with suspicion. ;-p The StackExchange was founded in 2008, and has seen a lot of changes since that time. That has ...
user avatar
4 votes

Does evidence support Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs?

While many consider Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to be pseudoscientific, there is a paper which suggests there is empirical support for the theory. Maslow's hierarchy of basic human needs provides a ...
user avatar
  • 11.2k
4 votes

Have ideas of "gamification" been applied to education?

I would also add this paper, which includes a critical discussion of the concept and proposes a working-definition for gamification in educational settings: R. Rughinis, 2013, Gamification for ...
user avatar
  • 41
4 votes

Have ideas of "gamification" been applied to education?

Malone and Lepper (1987) is often cited as the seminal paper regarding gamification for education. They started off by identifying factors which affect computer game preferences and then identified ...
user avatar
  • 2,617
4 votes

What are the key predictive traits of therapeutic success?

There is a substantial body of literature addressing each of these questions (why do people quit therapy and what predicts positive outcomes); unfortunately there are no easy answers. In part, this is ...
user avatar
  • 1,551
4 votes
Accepted

Why do we find things fun?

I would argue that a positive emotional experience is something that evolved for conscious organisms in order for consciousness to function in a way that supports survival and reproduction (thus, sex ...
user avatar
4 votes
Accepted

Evolutionary motivation for the existence of pleasure?

First a couple of definitions: Positive reinforcement occurs when an event or stimulus is presented as a consequence of a behavior and the behavior increases. Negative reinforcement occurs when the ...
user avatar
4 votes
Accepted

Is procrastination associated with overweight?

No. An association between overweight and procrastination appears to have no direct empirical support to speak of. The most direct evidence I can find on the matter was a study into industrial ...
user avatar
4 votes
Accepted

What's the optimal way to space out rewards in order to maximise motivation?

To add gaming element to education, you have two options: Look at currently successful examples of products that gamify learning Check most successful mobile games (short engagement times) Here are ...
user avatar
  • 9,302
4 votes
Accepted

Provable ROI for call center rest periods?

This is the paper you would want to read on this topic. The paper empirically compares four modes of managing interruptions. It is a great (and long) read so I'll try to summarize the bit for you: ...
user avatar
  • 3,132
4 votes

Disprove that Humans are selfish

Giving a dollar to homeless people on the street serves no aid to the donor, since the only difference is who has that dollar, and clearly to have the dollar is better than not. This action is ...
user avatar
  • 141

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible