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'Family Values' Vs. 'Sexy Shakira' Species: ASU Research Looks At What Motivates Us

What motivates us? It can be any number of things — finding a partner, making money or earning respect, to name just a few. But new research from ASU finds that across the world, what really motivates us is “kin care” — taking care of our families.

The scientists set out to figure out what makes people happy and feel fulfilled and whether there’s something universal about the answer to that question. They surveyed people in 27 countries across the globe.

Douglas Kenrick, a psychology professor at ASU and senior author on this paper, joined The Show to discuss the findings.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.