I think a lot about motivational design in the context of my own health behaviors, and probably never more than when I just trained for and ran my very first marathon. Although it can be dangerous to take a case study too seriously (as I learned from one of my mentors at the University of Michigan, Chris Peterson), since any one person is unique, there’s definitely value in using case studies to think about how principles might work out in real life.
The self-determination theory of motivation says that people are motivated when their underlying needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness are met. I saw all three of these play out in my training, but in a quirky way that fits my personality. Continue reading I ran a marathon!
I decided it was time to create an Internet home of my very own. Although I’m active on lots of other platforms, including Twitter and the Wired Insights blog, I was looking for a place where I could talk about a broad range of topics within my professional expertise while also letting a little more of my personality come through. Hence, this site was born.
I’m hoping to update fairly regularly about topics like motivational design, workplace culture, national/regional/local culture, health behaviors, behavior change and habit formation, medication adherence, social relationships, and engagement with other people (whew!). I’ll also probably post occasionally about things in my personal life, like running or travel. I’d love to see this site become a way to connect with other people who share my interests and want to talk or work together.
So thanks for coming by, and welcome to amybucherphd.com!