The Motivation Science Lab aims to address a number of overlapping questions about the function and architecture of human motivation with scientific methods.
Key Features of the Lab
We highly value interdisciplinary and diverse perspectives to study motivation — from the neural to the socio-behavioral level, intra-individual psychological processes to individual differences, and momentary change to life-time development.
We do not commit to particular methodologies. Rather than constraining research questions based on available methodologies, we start by asking a research question and freely seek the best methodology to answer the question.
We want to understand motivational processes that are operative “in the wild” — We are very interested in studies involving real-life dynamic materials or situations.
We respect theories but we also value unique, creative, curiosity-driven (and often risky) ideas. Our motto is that research should be fun and fun is the key to innovative research.