psych313 - Motivation 3/13 Why do humans do things Why do...

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Unformatted text preview: Motivation 3/13 Why do humans do things? Why do we behave at all? What motivates us to be active? Motivation: “to change” “to move” Motivation: a need or desire that energizes and directs behavior Functions of motivational concepts: To account for behavioral variability To relate biology to behavior To infer private states from public acts To assign responsibility for actions To explain perseverance despite adversity Instinct: complex behavior that is rigidly patterned throughout a species and is unlearned Humans don’t seem to have many instincts Those we do have, don’t explain much of human behavior Freudian instincts: Different from biological instincts Source, aim Impetus, object Discussion of Freudian theory All behavior biologically related Source, aim, impetus don’t change Only objects change over time Objects change by experience All new behavior is old behavior transformed by experience...
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