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PSYC Ch. 11 notes

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PSYC Ch. 11 notes PSYC 10213

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PSYC. Ch. 11: Motivation and Work Motivation: a need or desire that energizes behavior and directs it towards a goal. Ex: Aron Ralston was motivated to cut his arm in order to free himself from a rock that pinned him down. 4 Perspectives on Motivation: 1. Instinct Theory (replaced by the evolutionary perspective) 2. Drive-Reduction Theory 3. Arousal Theory 4. Hierarchy of Motives Instincts & Evolutionary Psychology: Instincts are complex behaviors that have fixed patterns throughout different species and are not learned. Ex: Where the human builds different kinds of houses the bird builds only one kind of nest. Drives and Incentives: When the instinct theory of motivation failed, it was replaced by the drive-reduction theory. A physiological need creates an aroused tension state (a drive) that motivates an organism to satisfy the need. Incentive: Where our needs push, incentives (positive or negative stimuli) pull us in reducing our drives. Ex: A food-deprived person who smells baking bread (incentive) feels a strong hunger drive. Optimum Arousal: Human motivation aims to seek optimum levels of arousal, not to eliminate it. Young monkeys and children are known to explore the environment in the absence of a need-based drive. A Hierarchy of Motives: Abraham Maslow (1970) suggested that certain needs have priority over others. Physiological needs like breathing, thirst, and hunger come before psychological needs such as achievement, self-esteem, and the need for recognition. Hierarchy of Needs: The Physiology of Hunger: Stomach contractions (pangs) send signals to the brain making us aware of our hunger. - Memory plays an important role in hunger. - Due to difficulties with retention, amnesia patients eat frequently if given food. Taste Preference: Biology or Culture? Body chemistry and environmental factors influence not only when we feel hunger but what we feel hungry for! Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa: A condition in which a normal-weight person (usually an adolescent woman) continuously loses weight but still feels overweight. Bulimia Nervosa: A disorder characterized by episodes of overeating, usually high-calorie foods, followed by vomiting, using laxatives, fasting, or excessive exercise. Reasons for Eating Disorders: 1. Sexual Abuse: Childhood sexual abuse does NOT cause eating disorders. 2. Family: Younger generations develop eating disorders when raised in families in which weight is an excessive concern. 3. Genetics: Twin studies show that eating disorders are more likely to occur in identical twins rather than fraternal twins. Obesity and Weight Control: Fat is an ideal form of stored energy and is readily available. In times of famine, an overweight body was a sign of affluence. Obesity: A disorder characterized by being excessively overweight. Obesity increases the risk for health issues like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and back problems. Set Point and Metabolism: When reduced from 3,500 calories to 450 calories, weight loss was a minimal 6% and the metabolic rate a mere 15%. - The obese defend their weight by conserving energy. Activity: Lack of exercise is a major contributor to obesity. Just watching TV for two hours resulted in a 23% increase of weight when other factors were controlled Food Consumption: Over the past 40 years, average weight gain has increased. Health professionals are pleading with US citizens to limit their food intake. Losing Weight: In the US, two-thirds of the women and half of the men say they want to lose weight. The majority of them lose money on diet programs. Sexual Motivation: Sexual motivation is nature’s clever way of making people procreate, enabling our species to survive. Adolescent Sexuality: When individuals reach adolescence, their sexual behavior develops. However, there are cultural differences. - Sexual promiscuity in modern Western culture is much greater than in Arab countries and other Asian countries. Sexually Transmitted Infections: Factors that reduce sexual activity in teens: 1. High Intelligence: Teens with higher intelligence are likely to delay sex. 2. Religiosity: Religious teens and adults often reserve sex for a marital commitment. 3. Father Presence: A father’s absence from home can contribute to higher teen sexual activity. 4. Learning Programs: Teens who volunteer and tutor in programs dedicated to reducing teen pregnancy are less likely to engage in unsafe sex. The Need to Belong: “[Man] is a social animal,” (Aristotle). Separation from others increases our need to belong. Ex: Tom Hanks in “Castaway” suffers from social starvation. Aiding Survival: Social bonds boosted our ancestors’ survival rates. These bonds led to the following: 1. Protecting against predators, especially for the young. 2. Procuring food. 3. Reproducing the next offspring. Belongingness: 1. Wanting to Belong: The need to belong colors our thinking and emotions. 2. Social Acceptance: A sense of belonging with others increases our self-esteem. Social segregation decreases it. 3. Maintaining Relationships: We resist breaking social bonds, even bad ones. 4. Ostracism: Social exclusion leads to demoralization, depression, and at times nasty behavior. Achievement motivation: a desire for significant accomplishment. *Skinner devised a daily discipline schedule that led him to become the th 20 century’s most influential psychologist. People with a high need to achieve tend to:  Choose tasks that allow for success, yet  Still require skill and effort, and  Keep persisting until success is achieved. Sources of Achievement Motivation: Why does one person become more motivated to achieve than another? Parents and teachers have an influence on the roots of motivation. - Emotional roots: learning to associate achievement with positive emotions. - Cognitive roots: learning to attribute achievements to one’s own competence, thus raising expectations of oneself. Psychology At Work: The healthy life, said Sigmund Freud, is filled by love and work. Attitudes towards work: People have different attitudes toward work. Some take it as a: 1. Job: Necessary way to make money. 2. Career: Opportunity to advance from one position to another. 3. Calling: Fulfilling a socially useful activity. Flow & Rewards: Flow is the experience between no work and a lot of work. Flow marks immersion into one’s work.  People who “flow” in their work (artists, dancers, composers etc.) are driven less by extrinsic rewards (money, praise, promotion) and more by intrinsic rewards. Work and Satisfaction: In industrialized countries work and satisfaction go hand-in-hand. Industrial-Organizational (I/O) Psychology: Applies psychological principles to the workplace. 1. Personnel Psychology: Studies the principles of selecting and evaluating workers. 2. Organizational Psychology: Studies how work environments and management styles influence worker motivation, satisfaction, and productivity. 3. Human Factors Psychology: Explores how machines and environments can be designed to fit our natural perception. Personnel Psychology: Personnel psychologists assist organizations at various stages of selecting and assessing employees. Organizational Psychology: Organizational psychologists look for ways to engage and motivate workers.


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