EurekAlert: Two motivational artificial beings are better than one for enhancing learning. “Social rewards such as praise are known to enhance various stages of the learning process. Now, researchers from Japan have found that praise delivered by artificial beings such as robots and virtual graphics-based agents can have effects similar to praise delivered by humans, with important practical applications as social services such as education increasingly move to virtual and online platforms.”
MakeUseOf: The Best YouTube Channels for Self-Improvement and Motivation. “In the quest for self-improvement, you’ll often find yourself in need of inspiration. Self-help books used to be everybody’s go-to resource, but these days, you can get the best motivation from YouTube channels instead. Some of them explain psychological concepts while others pump you up with motivational speeches. Whatever you need for your personal development journey, you can get it from the best self-help YouTube channels below.”
Arizona State University: Research team discovers that cooperation, competition are different motivators
Arizona State University, which I must say is doing some interesting research: Research team discovers that cooperation, competition are different motivators. “China’s largest recipe-sharing platform needed a carrot to motivate more content from users, and research from a team of Arizona State University professors was able to pinpoint what works. A new study by faculty in the W. P. Carey School of Business found that specific kinds of notifications could elicit more content from the app users — and that there are differences between men and women. Feedback that promoted a message of helping others prompted women to contribute more content, while men were more likely to respond to competitive messages.” Oh boy, the headline and the excerpt make this sound boring. It isn’t. Go read.