Health

More Swedes had COVID jab when they were paid

An international study led by Lund University in Sweden has revealed that a small reward of $24 increased the vaccination rate by 4 percent—from 72 to 76 percent. The study involved 8,286 Swedes, and is published in the ...

Vaccination

Why paying people to get the coronavirus vaccine won't work

The first COVID-19 vaccine to gain emergency use authorization in the U.S. could roll out within days, as Pfizer and BioNTech's candidate was endorsed by an external advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration on Dec. ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Morals versus money: How we make social decisions

Our actions are guided by moral values. However, monetary incentives can get in the way of our good intentions. Neuroeconomists at the University of Zurich have now investigated which area of the brain resolves conflicts ...

Health

Paying people incentives to make healthy choices

Monetary incentives to encourage people to live healthier lifestyles only work in the longer term when they are designed to stop negative behaviour, rather than promote positive choices, suggests new research from the London ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

What is more rewarding: A soccer goal or prize money?

Soccer fans hold their breath in situations like these: Two players on a team are in front of the opponent's goal with the attacking player having to make an important decision: Is it better to pass the ball to the teammate ...

Health

Preventing the 'Freshman 15' via the Web

A new study published in the July/August 2013 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior evaluated the motivational effects of Project WebHealth, a web-based health promotion intervention developed to prevent ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Field study shows motivational effect of performance targets

(Medical Xpress)—In many areas of our everyday lives, goals are the norm. That not all of them are effective, however, is something which anyone who has seen their New Year resolutions crumbling with each passing month ...

Addiction

A better way to help high-risk pregnant smokers

Cigarette smoking among drug dependent pregnant women is alarmingly high, estimated at 77 to 99%. Programs that treat pregnant patients for substance use disorders often fail to address cigarette smoking despite the clear ...

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