Centre for Behaviour Change


Why are some people more motivated than others?

3 January 2023

Certain chemicals in the brain may influence motivation.

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Motivation is the magic sauce that helps people get things done and change behaviors. But why are some people more motivated than others? 

A person's motivations, and the reasons behind them, can be as unique as a thumbprint, but there are chemical mechanisms in the brain that could impact what motivates people and how motivated they are day-to-day. 

Read more about this contribution from Pro Robert West and Prof Susan Michie to the online publication Live Science: