PSY10.23notes - PSYCH 10.23.07 MOTIVATION Why do humans do...

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PSYCH 10.23.07 MOTIVATION Why do humans do things? Why do we behave at all? What motivates us to be active? Motivation “To change” “To move” - A need or desire that energizes and directs behavior Functions of motivational concepts - To account for behavior variability - To relate biology to behavior - To infer private states from public acts * Important for people to know why people are doing something not just what they are doing. *Guess from public act about their personal motivations/ thoughts - To assign responsibility for actions * Assign responsibility for actions that you intended on doing, not the ones that you don’t intend to do. - To explain perseverance despite adversity * If your experience if positive then the motivation will be greater to do it again *Why persevere? Motivation overcomes the 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 **Not complex behaviors stimulated by environmental factors
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PSY10.23notes - PSYCH 10.23.07 MOTIVATION Why do humans do...

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