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Gregory Russell Samanez-Larkin

Jack H. Neely Associate Professor
Psychology & Neuroscience
LSRC, Box 90999, Durham, NC 27708
LSRC, Box 90999, Durham, NC 27708

Outreach & Engaged Scholarship


Summer Neuroscience Program Mentor - Summer Neuroscience Program · 2023 Projects & Field Work
Bass Connections Team Leader - Using Neuroscience to Optimize Digital Health Interventions across Adulthood · 2019 - 2020 Projects & Field Work Brain & Society
Bass Connections Faculty Team Leader - Using Neuroscience to Optimize Digital Health Interventions across Adulthood · 2018 - 2020 Projects & Field Work

Primary Theme: Brain & Society

Most people know that being more physically active is good for them, but many still don’t do it. While clinical trials have demonstrated the efficacy of exercise programs for enhancing cognition and well-being in older age, a persistent challenge is how to motivate aging adults to engage in physical activity in their daily lives. Recent neuroscientific and psychological research shows that motivation changes with age. Older adults are more motivated by social rewards and pay more attention to and better remember positively-framed messages relative to negatively-framed ones. Thus, positively-framed social rewards may provide critical incentives for aging adults to engage in physical activity.

Service to Duke


Sophomore Spark Steering Committee (University) · 2022 Committee Service Duke University,
Bass Connections Faculty Advisory Council (Program) · 2021 - 2022 Committee Service
A&S Committee on Assessment (School) · 2020 - 2023 Committee Service Trinity College of Arts & Sciences,
P&N Task Force on Diversity, Inclusion, and Climate (Department) · 2020 Committee Service Department of Psychology & Neuroscience,