Samir’s Selection 09/07/2014 (a.m.)

  • Research by the psychologists Chris S. Hulleman of the University of Virginia and Judith Harackiewicz of the University of Wisconsin suggests that for most of us, whether we find something interesting is largely a matter of whether we find it personally valuable…

    compared with those who simply summarized the material, the ones who reflected on its personal relevance reported more interest in science — as well as significantly higher grades, on average by almost a full grade point…

    Research also shows that social engagement in activities can foster interest… Compared with those who played alone, those playing with a partner reported greater interest in the game and a stronger desire to master it…

    merely believing you are working with another person, compared with separately, can make you more interested in a task and less mentally exhausted by it. Taken together, interest matters more than we ever knew. It is crucial to keeping us motivated and effective without emptying our mental gas tank, and it can turn the mundane into something exciting.

    tags: work focus attention interest mind flow happiness selfcontrol selfimprovement motivation psychology

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