If you read this post, might this be because you have a passion for research, or a passion for surfing in the internet, or maybe just a passing interest? During the last decade, motivational researchers have intensively studied what it means to experience a passion, and to what degree the experience of passion is beneficial, or even harmful, for learning, practice, performance and well-being.

This newly published encyclopedia article gives an overview about the psychological research on passion, the different definitions, measurements, and findings regarding predictors, correlates, and outcomes. If you are interested in studying passion yourself, you might not want to miss the extensive discussion of directions for future research.

The article, written by FinEdu and MindtheGap fellow Julia Moeller, P.I. Katariina Salmela-Aro, and colleagues, can be accessed here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780080970868261011

If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the first author, FinEdu and mindthegap fellow Julia Moeller, julia.moeller(at)helsinki.fi, or have a look at her openly accessible dissertation about the same topic: http://www.db-thueringen.de/servlets/DerivateServlet/Derivate-29036/DissJuliaMoeller.pdf