Lecture 1 - 04.01.11

Lecture 1 - 04.01.11 - 4th January 2011 Psych 178 Lectu re...

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4 th January 2011 Psych 178 – Lecture 1 What is motivation? How do we motivate self and others? Motivation is more than just achievement, you may be more motivated to play video games than to do well in school but that does not mean you are not motivated. o This means there are a lot of phenomena that fall under the definition of motivation. Why do we act the way we do? This falls across a lot of domains. Another problem is that we already know a lot of about motivation and a lot of theories about motivation and how to change motivation already. How do we get beyond regular people who already seem to know so much about motivation? o Create theories that incorporate a wide variety of phenomena. Why is someone drinking? He has a hunger, a need. A thirst. Theories of Motivation How do we develop scientific theories on how to motivate people? o Take metaphors by taking the known to illuminate the unknown.
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