Interest Matters

  title={Interest Matters},
  author={Judith M. Harackiewicz and Jessi L. Smith and Stacy J. Priniski},
  journal={Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={220 - 227}
Interest is a powerful motivational process that energizes learning, guides academic and career trajectories, and is essential to academic success. Interest is both a psychological state of attention and affect toward a particular object or topic, and an enduring predisposition to reengage over time. Integrating these two definitions, the four-phase model of interest development guides interventions that promote interest and capitalize on existing interests. Four interest-enhancing… 

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