Self-determination helps young adults with autism succeed

Focusing on the strengths, rather than the deficits, of young adults with autism can help them succeed, research suggests. Self-determination is key.

Brian Consiglio-Missouri | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine autism goals motivation teenagers young-adults

Save your New Year’s resolutions for spring

"January is probably the hardest month of the year to change behaviors." Here's the case for swapping New Year's resolutions for "spring renewal."

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL | Dec. 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture goals holidays motivation seasons weather

Biomarker may clear up how depression saps motivation

A new study in mice pinpoints a biomarker for the lack of motivation that can come with depression.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine biomarkers brains depression motivation

Smoking abstinence doesn’t really make us want to eat more

Smoking abstinence doesn't have that much effect on our desire to eat, a new study shows.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo | Sept. 20, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine addiction cigarettes cravings food motivation smoking

To boost your daily steps, add a little competition

Want to boost your daily step count? A little competition may do more to achieve your goal than support or collaboration.

Frank Otto-Penn | Sept. 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine competition exercise motivation walking wearable-devices

A small perk at lunch may cut depression at work

An apple (or banana) a day left bus drivers in China feeling less depressed and more capable, researchers find. What small gesture would improve your day at work?

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State | Sept. 11, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture depression emotions food jobs motivation

Giving advice doesn’t just help the person who gets it

Getting guidance from others can help motivate us to do better, but giving advice could be great for the giver, too.

Michele Berger-Penn | Sept. 4, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture motivation social-lives

Online class on growth mindset lifts high school grades

A short online course about growth mindset can improve teens' grades in core subjects, research finds.

Alex Shashkevich-Stanford | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured society-and-culture education internet learning motivation teenagers

Goals boost recovery for older adults in physical therapy

A new type of goal-oriented therapy helps older patients recover more fully than standard occupational or physical therapy.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL | Aug. 2, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology injuries motivation older-adults physical-therapy strokes

People and place drive long-term citizen scientists

What makes people volunteer to collect dead birds from local beaches? New research examines the motivations of citizen scientists.

Hannah Hickey-UW | July 30, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology citizen-scientists motivation research science

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