Motivation, Self-Control, and Economic Behavior

3rd Motivation & Self-Control Symposium

We are happy to announce the next Symposium, which will be held at the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung in Cologne on October 13-14, 2016. For more details go here.

1st Motivation & Self-Control Symposium

Research Seminar: SCS

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Objectives of the Research Initiative

Self-control problems are pervasive. Obvious examples range from health-related issues (dieting and exercising) to saving behavior. Beyond those, the capacity for self-control has been shown to have a large impact on productivity and performance, e.g. in the workplace or at school. The study of self-control is one aspect of a broader field studying human motivation and the self-regulation of behavior. The Forum “Motivation, Self-Control, and Economic Behavior” is an interdisciplinary endeavor providing a scientific platform structuring research in this field at the University of Cologne. Specific research topics include individual differences in self-control and their consequences for economic performance, the neural basis of human self-regulation, the effects of cognitive depletion, and the regulation of impulsive consumer behavior. In the longer run, the research agenda features two prominent objectives. The first is to develop improved models of motivation and self-control, based on empirical evidence from both economics and psychology. The second is to develop better interventions to improve human self-regulation and aid economic agents in their decision making.

Participating Researchers

  • Speaker: Prof.Dr. Carlos Alós-Ferrer, Chair of Microeconomics, WISO Faculty
  • Prof.Dr. Wilhelm Hofmann, Chair of Social & Econ. Cognition, Fac. Human Sci.
  • Prof.Dr. Erik Hölzl, Chair of Economic & Social Psychology, WISO Faculty
  • Prof.Dr. Matthias Sutter, Chair of Experimental Economics, WISO Faculty

External cooperators:

  • Prof.Dr. Anja Achtziger, Zeppelin University
  • Prof.Dr. Georg Kirchsteiger, ECARES-Université Libre de Bruxelles