Motivational Processes in Human Psychology: Course Description

This course examines theories and research results pertaining to the structures (self, person, role, and event schemas) and processes (expectations, attributions, and inferences) underlying self and person perception.

Introduction to Motivation

  • Identify sources of motivation.
  • Explain the relationship between motivation and behavior.
  • Analyze theories concerning human motivation.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of motivation theories in explaining various behaviors.

Biological Foundations of Motivation

  • Analyze the brain structures and functions associated with motivation.
  • Evaluate the effects of heredity and the environment on motivation.

Motivation and Personality

  • Explain the differences between physiological and psychological needs.
  • Evaluate the effects of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation on behavior.

Arousal, Behavior, Stress, and Affect

  • Describe the relationship between arousal and behavior, including performance and affect.
  • Examine historical theories of arousal and emotion as they relate to human motivation.
  • Assess the short-term and long-term effects of stress on the body, the brain, and behavior.

The Function of Emotions as Motives

  • Analyze the methods used in research for uncovering basic emotions.
  • Discuss the facial feedback hypothesis, stressing event-appraisal-emotion sequence.
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