Achieving scientific excellence: an exploratory study of the role of emotional and motivational factors

Araújo, Liliana S. and Cruz, José Fernando A. and Almeida, Leandro S. (2016) Achieving scientific excellence: an exploratory study of the role of emotional and motivational factors. High Ability Studies, 27. pp. 1-19. ISSN ISSN: 1359-8139 (Print) 1469-834X (Online)

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Abstract

This study investigates the perceived role of psychological factors in achieving excellence in scientific research. Six outstanding scientists aged 33–42 were interviewed. Data were analyzed inductively resulting in three main dimensions: personality traits and characteristics, psychological skills and processes, and task-specific strategies. Researchers highlighted the importance of emotional factors and motivational processes to achieve and sustain scientific excellence. Flexible coping, emotion regulation, and goal setting were emphasized and described as particularly important in dealing with rejections, setbacks, and team management issues. Persistence and adaptive perfectionism were key individual characteristics which helped participants in nurturing and sustaining motivation. This study suggests that the specific impact of emotional, motivational, and other psychological skills at different stages of excellence development is relevant; yet, further investigation is needed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This study was conducted at the Psychology Research Centre, University of Minho, and supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology and the Portuguese Ministry of Education and Science through the National Strategic Reference Framework (QREN-POPH/FSE grant number SFRH/BD/30667/2006)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Scientific excellence, motivation, emotion, psychological skills, performance science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
M Music and Books on Music > Music
M Music and Books on Music > Performance Science
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Division: Centre for Performance Science
Depositing User: Dr Liliana Araújo
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2017 14:21
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 17:16
URI: http://researchonline.rcm.ac.uk/id/eprint/113

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