Dartmouth's Geisel School Gets $5M Grant For Study Of Human Motivation

Sep 21, 2015

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  Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine will use a $5 million dollar federal grant for a health study on human motivation.

Officials say the grant, from the National Institutes of Health’s Common Fund, will fund an investigation into the psychological and biological factors that motivate individuals to improve their health.

The researchers say understanding what prompts people to eat healthy foods, quit smoking or exercise regularly can help develop strategies aimed at improving overall health and driving down medical costs.

The study involves a team of Dartmouth professors working with investigators from Stanford, Arizona State University and MIT, among other institutions.