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Show 1072: How to Improve Your Motivation-Ask Dan Ariely!

Dan Ariely tells us why what we think we know about motivation might not be right–and what really gets people to do what they should.
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How to Improve Your Motivation-Ask Dan Ariely!

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Dan Ariely is a behavioral economist with a genius for figuring out why we do the things we do. His popular column in The Wall Street Journal is called “Ask Dan.” Listeners have the chance to do just that this week.

What’s Your Motivation?

Dr. Ariely’s latest book is Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivation. In it, he explains why much of what we think we know about motivation is mistaken. He also suggests approaches that work better in producing the desired behavior.

If you’ve ever had trouble taking your medicine when you should, following up on your physical therapy exercises or eating your vegetables, you can ask Dan how to improve your motivation. Call in your stories and questions: 888-472-3366 between 7 and 8 am EDT on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

This Week’s Guest:

Dan Ariely, PhD, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, is a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. He is the author of New York Times best-selling books, Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality and The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty. His latest book is Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations. His website is

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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Great science! I am ordering the book today! Dan Ariely changed my life on several levels including a new consciousness. (spent 3 hours programming my phone calendar).

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