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Why Do We Expose Ourselves?
" Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age, Bernard Harcourt"
book  review  surveillance  big-data  psychology  desire  motivation  exposure 
january 2016 by tsuomela
[1303.6886] Galaxy Zoo: Motivations of Citizen Scientists
"Citizen science, in which volunteers work with professional scientists to conduct research, is expanding due to large online datasets. To plan projects, it is important to understand volunteers' motivations for participating. This paper analyzes results from an online survey of nearly 11,000 volunteers in Galaxy Zoo, an astronomy citizen science project. Results show that volunteers' primary motivation is a desire to contribute to scientific research. We encourage other citizen science projects to study the motivations of their volunteers, to see whether and how these results may be generalized to inform the field of citizen science."
citizen-science  motivation  psychology  volunteer 
february 2015 by tsuomela
"In a mixed-methods study on adoption of location-sharing social networks (LSSN), we discovered that variations in adoption and usage behavior could be explained by one's predisposition to communicate in a certain style. Specifically, we found that certain individuals prefer a communication style we call FYI (For Your Information). FYI communicators like to infer availability and to keep in touch with others without having to interact with them, which is the predominant style in current LSSN. Using structural equation modeling on a U.S. nationwide survey (N=1021), we show how the FYI communication style predicts the adoption of LSSN while also showing a negative effect on one's desire to call someone on the phone. Moreover, we find that as age increases, FYI preference significantly decreases. In a follow-on survey (N=180), we refine the FYI construct and show that it affects users' level of disclosure and participation in social media. Furthermore, we show that it completely mediates the effect of certain Big-5 personality traits on social media participation and LSSN usage. The results suggest that to cater to a wider segment of the population, LSSN (and arguably any social media) should support an active communication style."
research  article  social-media  user  motivation  psychology 
january 2014 by tsuomela
Henry Sauermann | Georgia Tech - Scheller College of Business
"Dr. Henry Sauermann joined the College in 2008. His research focuses on individuals’ motives and incentives, and how they interact with organizational and institutional mechanisms in shaping innovative activity. In particular, he studies how scientists’ motives and incentives relate to important outcomes such as innovative performance in firms, patenting in academia, or career choices and entrepreneurial intentions. This stream of research also explores important differences in these mechanisms across contexts such as industrial versus academic science or startups versus large established firms. In new projects, Dr. Sauermann studies the dynamics of motives and incentives over time, and explores non-traditional innovative institutions such as “Crowd Science” or “Citizen Science” (e.g., Additional work is underway to gain deeper insights into scientific labor markets and to derive implications for junior scientists, firms, and policy makers."
people  academic  business  motivation  citizen-science  innovation  incentives 
august 2013 by tsuomela
The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track Faculty Life | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network
"Seven things I did during my first seven years at Harvard. Or, how I loved being a tenure-track faculty member, by deliberately trying not to be one. I decided that this is a 7-year postdoc. I stopped taking advice. I created a “feelgood” email folder. I work fixed hours and in fixed amounts. I try to be the best “whole” person I can. I found real friends. I have fun “now”."
phd  academia  career  tenure  advice  motivation 
august 2013 by tsuomela
How to Create Your Reason - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review
"And so it seems to me that you and I — the sons and daughters of the Lesser Depression, the orphans of modernity — we have three choices. We may retreat. We may revolt. Or we may rebel. We may retreat into digiphoria; the cold, joyless comfort of softly glowing screens. We may revolt, turning away in disgust, and become, in time, something like the leaders we scorn. Or we may rebel — and choose, here and now, even in the full fury of the storm, to answer the awesome challenge of lives well lived. Reason is rebellion. It is through the creation of reasons to live fully that we rebel — and ignite lives worth living, instead of merely resigning ourselves to those that feel as if they aren't. In reason, we rebel against immovable destiny, and gain a measure of freedom back from the stars."
economics  future  motivation  rebellion  psychology  depression 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Sex, Lies, and Separating Science From Ideology - Alice Dreger - The Atlantic
"Margaret Mead saw in Samoa the possibility of loosening social strictures on sexuality -- something she suggested could lead to more pleasure, and less pain and suffering. She and her work were attacked and discredited, but nearly a century later, questions of the motives and integrity of her dissenters remain relevant."
anthropology  gender  feminism  sex  scholarship  motivation  ideology  ethnography 
february 2013 by tsuomela
The Architecture Of MotivationEdge master Class 2011 | Conversation | Edge
"Recent research concerning the welfare of others, etc. affects not only how to think about certain emotions, but also overturns how most models of reciprocity and exchange, with implications about how people think about modern markets, political systems, and societies. What are these new approaches to human motivation? LEDA COSMIDES is a Professor of Psychology and Co-director (with John Tooby) of Center for Evolutionary Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara"
evolution  cooperation  behavior  psychology  motivation 
october 2012 by tsuomela
Trickle Down Science : Uncertain Principles
"Which is great when you're in one of the fields that's meant to serve as the grand and inspirational challenge. For the rest of us, though, this is trickle-down science: the best and the brightest get fired up to be rocket scientists, or high-energy particle physicists, and those who aren't quite the best or the brightest, well... they can study condensed matter physics, or something less inspirational. They'll still be an upgrade over the riff-raff who are presumably populating those fields now. You know, the ones motivated by wanting to save the world from cancer, or hunger, or pestilence.

Not only is this kind of insulting to those of us who have chosen to make careers in fields that aren't driven by Big Science, it's not remotely sustainable. If getting people to go into science and engineering is dependent on something as ephemeral as "inspiration," we're forever going to be careening from boom to bust."
science  motivation  physics  goals  goal-setting  scale  discipline 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Doctoral Devotion – To Complete or Not Complete? « The Thesis Whisperer
"That’s why I have a large poster of James Franco up next to my computer
phd  grit  graduate-school  motivation 
march 2012 by tsuomela
Stumbling and Mumbling: Effectiveness vs rationality
"1. The costs of protesting for a week - to take Brian Haw’s example cited by David - are high
politics  collective-action  cooperation  externalities  free-rider  motivation  activism 
july 2011 by tsuomela
UnderstandingSociety: Social justice and democratic stability
"the theory of the moral economy. In its essence, the theory holds that the fact of sustained violation of a person's moral expectations of the society around him or her is a decisive factor in collective mobilization in many historical circumstances. Later theorists of political activism have downplayed the idea of moral outrage, preferring more material motivations based on self-interest. But the current round of activism and protest around the globe seems to point back in the direction of these more normative motivations -- combined, of course, with material interests. So it is worth reexamining the idea that a society that badly offends the sense of justice of segments of its population is likely to stimulate resistance."
economics  morality  rebellion  political-science  sociology  activism  motivation  fairness  justice  social-justice 
march 2011 by tsuomela
I Do This Because ... | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
"So part of the answer is, I do this because I stumbled upon this thing called writing, after trying a couple of different career fields. And three days into my first job as a writer, I felt, in the same way people feel a sofa is the perfect sofa, one particular house is the one they want to buy, or a partner is “the one” they want to grow old with, that I had come home. That I had found a craft I could imagine working at, day after day, and year after year, without ever tiring of it or wishing to retire from it. And, equally importantly, that writing was perhaps the best and most unique gift I could contribute to the world."
motivation  writing  work  career  justification  reason  passion 
february 2011 by tsuomela
Chuck Barris -
"Long before "Survivor," the eccentric who created "The Gong Show" discovered that people will do anything to get on TV, and others will watch them."
television  history  celebrity  fame  motivation 
january 2011 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : Great Divides
When troops must be motivated to fight, “go team” speeches often invoke an ancient conflict, along a great divide:

Our fight, of [A] against [B] over [C], is but one battle in the ancient war over [F], along the great divide between [D] and [E]. Many do not realize how many of our apparently mundane conflicts are, in reality, battles in this ancient war. Today is a crucial day in this war, so we must not give up, and we must not lose hope, or someday [D] may lose [F] forever. Fight, fight!
motivation  two-sides 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : School Isn’t For Learning
Robin Hanson quotes Peter Gray. "Employers in industry saw schooling as a way to create better workers. To them, the most crucial lessons were punctuality, following directions, tolerance for long hours of tedious work, and a minimal ability to read and write. From their point of view (though they may not have put it this way), the duller the subjects taught in schools the better."
education  pedagogy  free-school  hunter-gatherer  learning  motivation  school  control  behavior 
august 2010 by tsuomela
Study Hacks » Blog Archive » Beyond Passion: The Science of Loving What You Do
At a high level, SDT (Self-Determination Theory) makes a simple claim: To be happy, your work must fulfill three universal psychological needs: autonomy, competence, and relatedness.
work  career  happiness  experience  psychology  motivation  ambition  goals  autonomy  competence  relatedness  relationship 
april 2010 by tsuomela / Comment / Opinion - It is time to treat Wall Street like Main Street
George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton - "But economics has not stood still, and we now know there are at least four reasons why bonuses and pay-for-performance are a risky business. First, it can be hard to see whether employees make the right decisions; superiors do not hold the same information, and the results of decisions play out years later. Second, performance pay will attract exactly those who are willing to take on more risk. People interested in high but steady income will choose other careers. Third, to get their pay, employees may manipulate the system, against the interests of those who set up the incentives: like teachers who are threatened with losing their jobs and teach to the test. Finally, and most perniciously, performance pay can crowd out intrinsic rewards, as when children, having received gold stars for drawing pictures, later draw less than before in their own time. Why draw without getting paid?"
motivation  economics  behavior  bonus  income  business  incentives  incentive-centered-design  management  finance  extrinsic  intrinsic 
march 2010 by tsuomela
Networked Learning Design - Occasional rants - Why serious games work - an over-simplified view
So a couple of years ago I produced a very simple little model. It suggests that serious games are great for learning because:
1. They provide motivation
2. They offer varying degrees of simulation
3. They tie experiences together through narration
games  education  e-learning  learning  motivation  narrative  simulation  gaming 
february 2010 by tsuomela
The Will to Succeed | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
The premise of Garret LoPorto’s manifesto is that “DaVincis” are the change-agents of society, and act the way they do because of their genes
innovation  creativity  discovery  change  genetics  motivation 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Exploring the Land of Frigor | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
But exploration … and the obsession that sometimes accompanies, or at least often enables, that kind of successful quest … isn’t limited to geographical challenges. For exploration is a matter of going beyond what is known; stepping out into the void beyond that in the hopes of bringing back new knowledge about what lies there.
exploration  motivation  science  geography  eccentric  goals  psychology  obsession  emotion  creativity  innovation  discovery 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Coping with Failure, Critics, and Fear | No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
..we may sacrifice an excitement for new possibilities in our search to achieve goals like getting good grades, getting a good job, and figuring out the fastest path to mastery. And as we gain mastery in a certain set of ideas, we “become increasingly reluctant to give those ideas up and try something new,” according to the article’s author, a psychology professor at UC Berkeley.
failure  psychology  risk  motivation  career  criticism  fear  self-help 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Picoeconomics (micro-micro-economics) explores the implications of an experimental discovery: that people (often) and lower animals (always) discount the prospect of future rewards in a curve that is more deeply bowed than a "rational," exponential curve. Over a range of delays from seconds to decades, there are pairs of alternative rewards such that subjects prefer the smaller, earlier reward over the larger, later alternative when delay to the smaller reward will be short, but prefer the larger, later reward when the smaller alternative will be more delayed, even though the time from the earlier to the later reward stays the same. The curves that fit the observed data best are hyperbolic, that is, show value as inversely proportional to delay.
akrasia  will-power  philosophy  economics  mathematics  model  motivation  picoeconomics 
june 2009 by tsuomela
Sharing Power (Aussie Rules) | the human network
What, then, is leadership in the cloud? It is not like leadership in the tower. It is not a position wrought from power, but authority in its other, and more primary meaning, ‘to be the master of’. Authority in the cloud is drawn from dedication, or, to use rather more precise language, love. Love is what holds the cloud together. People are attracted to the cloud because they are in love with the aim of the cloud.
online  culture  model  cloud  motivation  peer-production 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Ascription is an Anathema to any Enthusiasm › Will Power
This post is a table of contents for finding the postings I’ve written over the years on the topic of pico-economics, i.e. George Ainslie’s model of what a horribly difficult time we have with impulse control.
psychology  will-power  motivation  change  impulse 
april 2009 by tsuomela
NaBloPoMo - National Blog Posting Month
National Blog Posting Month is the epicenter of daily blogging! People who want to set the habit of blogging by doing it every day for a month, including weekends, can come here for moral support, inspiration, and the camaraderie that only marathon blogging can provide.
weblog-community  support  writing  motivation  goals 
april 2009 by tsuomela
SSRN-The N-Effect: More Competitors, Less Competition by Stephen Garcia, Avishalom Tor
The present analysis introduces the N-Effect - the discovery that increasing the number of competitors (N) can decrease competitive motivation. Studies 1a-b found evidence that average test scores (e.g., SAT scores) fall as the average number of test-takers at test-taking venues increases. Study 2 found that individuals trying to finish an easy quiz among the top 20 percent in terms of speed finished significantly faster if they believed they were competing in a pool of 10 versus 100 other people. Using a social comparison orientation (SCO) scale, Study 3 showed the N-Effect occurs strongly among those high in SCO and weakly among those low in SCO. Study 4 directly linked the N-Effect to social comparison, ruling out the "ratio-bias" and finding that social comparison becomes less important as N increases. Finally, Study 5 found the N-Effect is mediated by social comparison. Limitations, future directions, and implications are discussed.
competition  research  motivation  psychology  group 
january 2009 by tsuomela
It seemed like a good idea at the time... | Psychology Today Blogs
Because our behavior is so strongly driven by our environment, we can help ourselves to change our own behavior. We must strive to structure our own environments in ways that make it easy to think about the behaviors we want to perform.
psychology  motivation  gtd 
december 2008 by tsuomela Books | Self-help nation
Good review of two books Self Help Inc, SHAM: how the self-help movement made america helpless.
book  review  psychology  self-help  motivation 
august 2005 by tsuomela
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS REVIEW Challenging Behaviorist Dogma:
clip: "Challenging Behaviorist Dogma: Myths About Money and Motivation"
business  motivation  money  rewards 
july 2005 by tsuomela

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