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New York Times Magazine Profiles Adam Grant

Source: New York Times Magazine, March 27, 2013

This week's cover story of New York Times Magazine profiled Adam Grant, a Wharton professor and affiliated faculty member at CHIBE. He is known as a "rising star" in the field of organizational psychology. Along with being given tenure at age 30, he is also the highest-rated professor at Wharton.

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Messaging Matters: Patient-Centered Signs Motivate Hospital Staff to Wash Hands

Adam Grant and colleagues found that using patient-centered signs about the perils of poor hand hygiene inspired more hand washing among hospital staff than signs that used personal consequences to prompt the behavior. At least in regard to hand washing among hospital staff,  “…it appears that altruism is a better motivator than self-interest.”

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