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Chapter 10 Notes

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Chapter 10 Notes Psyc 1101

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A review of the powerpoint notes and the book.
Intro to General Pyschology
Dr. Graham
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Date Created: 10/18/16
Chapter 10 Motivation and Emotion Motivation defined as the need or desire that energizes and directs behavior. Motivation has been a central & perennial issue in the field of psychology given that it is at the core of biological, cognitive & social regulation.  How are we motivated? We are motivated in two ways: o Intrinsically o Extrinsically Intrinsic motivation is performing an activity for the pleasure inherent in the activity o Behavior that is driven by internal rewards, performing an action for the sake of enjoyment, desire to expend effort based on self-interest in what is necessary to achieve or attain a goal where there is no apparent external reward associated with the effort. o Examples of intrinsic motivation include studying hard to get an A; attaining a performance goal because you really want to improve personal results. Extrinsic motivation is performing an activity for o External reasons, such as the pursuit of a reward in terms of money, public & social recognition, job promotion, or elevated status where the award is tangible (e.g., money) or psychological (e.g., praise), o And motivation is directed at the attainment of those external rewards. o For example, an athlete engages in sport just to win medals, recognition, fame and/or money. External rewards are an important motivator, however when we aspire to Excited Motivation: The Internal Passion & Determination to Succeed in Achieving Goals  We are capable of far reaching success beyond external reward Three motivation concepts or theories used to explain motivation are: o Drive-Reduction Theory, o Arousal Theory & o Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Drive-Reduction Theory o Is the idea that a physiological need creates an aroused state or drive that motivates us to satisfy a need o For instance, the need for food or water produces o The drive to quench hunger & thirst o Effecting drive-reducing behaviors Arousal is described as an increased heart rate, level of nervousness, anxiousness & or anxiety, associated with intense mental activity.  Arousal Theory contends we are motivated to engage in behaviors that either increase or decrease arousal levels which effects performance, o Such as taking a difficult exam where performance is likely to increase when arousal is at a moderate to high level; but not excessive The most popular account that explains the effect of arousal on motivation is the model of Individual Zones of Optimal Functioning. o IZOF proposes that there are individual differences in the way people react to anxiety. o Some tend to succeed when anxiety is low while others tend to succeed when anxiety is high. o Therefore each person has his/her own preferred level of anxiety that allows them to perform at their optimum level of performance.  In other words, the Individual Zone of Optimal Functioning (IZOF) shows that when o The level of arousal increases it fuels human desire – motivation, o And continues to increase up to a point where individual performance peaks & o Then drops off as arousal continues to increase but in a negative manner interfering with performance. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs  At the base is physiological needs that must be satisfied such as hunger, thirst.  The second level is safety needs where we need to feel that the world is organized & predictable to be safe, secure & stable  The third level is belongingness & love needs where we need to feel love, to be loved, to belong, & to be accepted  The fourth level is our esteem need that involves the feeling of achievement, competency and recognition, respect of each other  The fifth level is self-actualization which is the need to live up to our fullest & unique potential  The fifth and top level is self-transcendence which is the need to find meaning & identity beyond self. Emotion  The association between motivation & arousal/needs is linked through emotion  Emotions are adaptive responses that support survival.  Emotional components include o Bodily arousal o Expressive behaviors o Conscious experiences Arousal What is AROUSAL? o A state of physiological alertness & readiness for action. o A pervasive state of cortical responsiveness believed to be associated with sensory stimulation & therefore, the activation of fibers from the reticular activating system. o A state of excitement or energy expenditure linked to a strong emotion.  James-Lange stated arousal comes before emotion o Arguing that emotion involves awareness of our physiological responses to emotion- arousing stimuli & o Maintained that a physiological response happens BEFORE we know what we are feeling  Cannon-Bard argued that arousal & emotion happen at the same time o Where emotion was seen as an arousing stimulus which simultaneously triggers physiological responses & subjective emotional experiences According to research there are 10 basic emotions: o Joy o Interest-Excitement o Surprise o Sadness o Anger o Disgust o Contempt o Fear o Shame o Guilt *love is not on this list because it makes up most of these* The Autonomic Nervous System and Emotion The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) comprises the sympathetic & the parasympathetic divsions. The ANS controls involuntary actions, such as the beating of our heart & the widening/narrowing of our blood vessels, & responds to emotional change in anxiety or stress that can cause o Increased blood pressure, o Heart problems & or o Trouble with breathing & swallowing


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