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6:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Presentation & Activities
Featured Cafe Presenter: Debbie Yee, Graduate Student, Cognitive Control and Psychopathology Laboratory, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis
What motivates you when you are making a decision or trying to achieve a goal? How do you choose whether or not a goal is worth the effort? Human decision-making is influenced by a wide variety of motivational factors, but a challenge that researchers face is understanding how motivation can influence the decisions and actions we perform on a daily basis. In this interactive Teen Science Cafe, you'll learn about the challenges of measuring motivation in the laboratory setting, and perform a hands-on experiment to gain experience with how psychologists study the effects of motivation on behavior.