Answered By: Deborah Kelley-Milburn Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015 Views: 227
We have been asked repeatedly about the "Harvard Goals Study," reports of which periodically surface in motivational literature. Unfortunately, we have never been able to find such a study. It is frequently cited as having transpired at Yale, but librarians there have not found a trace either. Consequently, we conclude that it is an urban legend.
A clinical psychologist at Dominican University in California named Gail Matthews has conducted research on goals, although as far as we know, her results have not been published. You can read a summary of her study here.