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Clear-and-Pithy (Snyder)

Here are the winners, and some runners-up, in the Clear-and-Pithy contest that was announced in mini-AIR 2004-11.

The contest was to translate this scholarly thought into a clear, accurate SEVEN-WORD summary that ANYONE can understand:

"Specifically, I have been concerned with the processes by which individuals construct and enact motivational ‘agendas for action’ that draw upon and integrate features of their personal identities and their social settings, and that guide and direct their pursuit of relevant life outcomes in diverse domains of functioning."

That original thought comes from the web site of U. Minnesota professor Mark Snyder.

The winning translation:

"Why do people do what they do?"
— INVESTIGATOR ERICA STEWART
— INVESTIGATOR WILLIAM (BILL) PIKE
— INVESTIGATOR NANCY GOULD
— INVESTIGATOR HUBERT TURNER
— INVESTIGATOR CAROL STONE
— INVESTIGATOR RICHARD LIPP
— INVESTIGATOR LEIGH TOOTH
— INVESTIGATOR CHUCK ROYALTY
— INVESTIGATOR ELISE MATTHESEN
— INVESTIGATOR MEGAN CAPER
— INVESTIGATOR WILLIAM LEOGRANDE
— INVESTIGATOR NATHAN ETESSAMI
— INVESTIGATOR TIM SHOWALTER
— INVESTIGATOR JESSE SKINNER
— INVESTIGATOR PATRICK LENON
— INVESTIGATOR JULIA LUNETTA
— INVESTIGATOR JOHNNA KLUKAS
— INVESTIGATOR CHRIS LOUTH
— INVESTIGATOR MIKE NOLAN
— INVESTIGATOR LILLY JONES
— INVESTIGATOR WIM CRUSIO
— INVESTIGATOR MARK SJOTHUN
— INVESTIGATOR KATHY MAGRI WOO
— INVESTIGATOR ELENA SHERMAN
— …and many others.

Some runners-up:

[Being a Psychologist myself, I very well understand that Professor Snyder has to express himself like that. It?s not easy to get on or in a Chair and stay there when you talk like the guy next door. Maybe that?s why he didn?t just say:]
"My concern is: what makes people tick?"
— INVESTIGATOR ULLA MOHR-RUEB

"I wonder what other people think about."
— INVESTIGATOR JESSICA MORTON

"How come people do stuff anyhow, huh?"
— INVESTIGATOR LOUIS G LIPPMAN

"I’m curious about why people do stuff."
— INVESTIGATOR IAN SANDERSDON

"I investigate why people do things."
— INVESTIGATOR JUDITH STEIN

"Just what makes Dick and Jane tick?"
— INVESTIGATOR SHEILA ETTINGER

"I study ways people plan their lives."
— INVESTIGATOR KEN GORELICK:

"I study the way people make plans."
— INVESTIGATOR VICTOR AAGAARD

"I’m interested in how people set goals."
— INVESTIGATOR JEAN HIGHAM

"How do people determine and pursue goals?"
— INVESTIGATOR MARJORIE WINKLER

"I study why people do what they do."
— INVESTIGATOR JORGE STOLFI

"I study people’s reasons for doing things."
— INVESTIGATOR CRAIG BURLEY
"I wonder why people do their thing."
— INVESTIGATOR PAUL KUCKEIN
"What makes a person tick? Who knows?"
— INVESTIGATOR STEVEN A. SEIFERT
"My philosophy: different strokes for different folks."
— INVESTIGATOR IAN DAVIS

"My specific concern is people in general."
— INVESTIGATOR MATT BRIGGS

"How do people decide what to do?"

— INVESTIGATOR PAUL STAMLER
— INVESTIGATOR CAROL BUCHMILLER
— INVESTIGATOR MARK MARIS
— INVESTIGATOR ALAN LESGOLD
— INVESTIGATOR CAROL MCCOLLOUGH
— INVESTIGATOR DAVID MARPLES
— …and many others.

"What do I want to do today?"
— INVESTIGATOR DOV WEINSTOCK

"I study peoples’ what-to-do lists."
— INVESTIGATOR William Jackson

"I investigated how people motivate themselves."
— INVESTIGATOR FERDINAND PEPER

"I studied various people’s diverse lifestyle choices."
— INVESTIGATOR GRAHAM R. CHAMBERS

"How people get things done their way."
— INVESTIGATOR MADHU MENON

"I study people?s to-do lists."
— INVESTIGATOR DIANE J. GRAVES

"How do people write to-do lists?"
— INVESTIGATOR NICOLA MISANI

"I want to understand how people behave."
— INVESTIGATOR MATIAS HERNANDEZ

"I study why people do things."
— INVESTIGATOR MARTIN BLUMSACK
"I care about why people do things."
— INVESTIGATOR DREW KIME

"My thesis: People broadly act like themselves."
— INVESTIGATOR DANIEL BOND

"How to get that woman into bed."
— INVESTIGATOR ANDREAS ZEMANN

SPECIAL MENTION: **** PITHY AND UNCLEAR ****

"Development and application of personalized motivational techniques."
— INVESTIGATOR K. LEBER

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