Nagging can make learning music a misery for everyone. But there are better ways to encourage your child to play.
Nagging or bribing a child to practise their musical instrument only makes the activity feel like a chore. Here's how to support your child and bring back harmony to the whole family.
Digital fitness trackers may look cool, but many teenagers don't want them in PE lessons.
Final year is stressful enough – without having to run 26 miles.
When school gets tough, do you think it’s worthwhile? Or time to give up?
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A high school science test, a Psych 101 course, long job applications: Sometimes it's hard to be motivated to succeed. As it turns out, how you respond to difficulty and ease can make all the difference.
Activity tracking devices are boosting people's desire to make healthy lifestyle changes – and stick to them
Some minorities are less likely to think that their college dreams could become a reality.
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While most Americans do aspire to higher education, college is not a reality for many. But why is the gap between hopes and reality larger for some? And how can we strive for equity?
Office perks like slides down stairs may not be the best way to motivate good behaviour.
Business Briefing: the science of business decision making.
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Research shows paying people more can actually lead to worse decisions. Getting the best results from executives requires understanding our complex motivations
Here's the recipe that makes Red Nose Day such a successful fundraising event.
Should laptops be used during class?
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Laptops in class are distracting – even for the most motivated students.
Once again, tennis fans are discussing what might be best to “help” Nick Kyrgios overcome his issues.
Humans have three basic needs that drive motivation - without them our performance is likely to suffer.
Old habits die hard.
Making New Year resolutions?
Research shows that kindness toward oneself, or self-compassion, could improve motivation.
How do friendship networks work?
College is a time for friendships. But how can students best leverage the power of those friendships? First, by learning how those networks work.
Like wearing psychological blinders.
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It's human nature to notice or search out information that supports what you already believe and discount or avoid data to the contrary. The problem comes in when you don't recognize this bias is in play.
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A new study found that people who are high on cannabis are less likely to opt for a task with a larger reward if the task requires more effort.
Why do we forget our dishonest actions?
We come across dishonest acts in our day-to-day lives. Perhaps we commit them as well. But, guess what? Most of us care so much about being moral that we tend to forget our unethical behavior.
Back to basics.
Testing takes the magic out of education – playful learning may be the answer.
What’s the secret of motivation?
A class tries an experiment on motivation. What do they learn?
Is it worth all this?
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We should be worried that half of teachers are thinking of leaving the profession.
What keeps workers going when the goal isn’t even in sight?
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What does it take to devote your life to a work goal with such a long time horizon you might never reach it in your lifetime?