Defining Motivated Behavior

Defining Motivated Behavior - Molly Egan January 30, 2011...

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Molly Egan January 30, 2011 PSY 505 Defining Motivated Behavior 1. Before Hull motivated behavior was solely attributed to basic biologically based needs. a. For example, in Freud’s theory a person is motivated to engage in a pasrticular behavior 2. Hull changed the existing definition of motivated behavior by : a. Proposing the first systematic explanation of behavior. b. Differentiting between i. Primary motivation- four biologically based needs that he referred to as primary 1. Hunger 2. Sex 3. Thirst 4. Avoidance of pain ii. Secondary motivation c. Asserted that when one of the four identified needs was not fulfilled the individual is driven to take action in order to satisfy that need and return to biological equilibrium. 3. White (1959) modified Hull’s conception of motivated behavior a. White was among the first individuals to challenge the orthodox drive and instinct theories which asserted that individuals are motivated by of motivation by i. Proposing that motives such as exploration, mastery,
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This note was uploaded on 03/23/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 505 taught by Professor M during the Spring '11 term at S. Connecticut.

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