Research in the Media

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Unconscious motivation is one of the most longstanding mysteries in psychology. More than a century of research and theory has yet to fully explain what it is, how it works, and whether it is something human beings can ever control. If anything, the role of unconscious motivation seems to be getting bigger—shaping our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and behavior in ways not previously imagined. Yet there are many theoretical – and empirical – challenges ahead. In my research, I try to understand the extent to which nonconscious motivational processes can explain the human experience, particularly those phenomena that may otherwise be written off as unexplainable or too profound for words.

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