How do high-achieving students, productive employees, or top-notch athletes achieve success?


It is often not just a person’s ability that makes the difference between success and failure. But it is also their beliefs and behaviors that make them effective. How can we identify these adaptive beliefs and behaviors, and how can we harness this knowledge to help people succeed at their goals?


Our research aims to address questions like these at the heart of human motivation by:

(1) identifying the beliefs and behaviors that foster high performance and well-being,

(2) leveraging multiple methods (laboratory, survey, and field research) to empirically establish the processes through which they work, and 

(3) designing scalable, psychologically precise interventions to promote the adoption of these beliefs and behaviors.