Lecture 11 - 03:11

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03:11 Motivation- the process that initiates, directs, and sustains behavior to satisfy  physiological or psychological needs Theories of Motivation Instinct theory Our behavior is hard wired and motivated by our interests, we act the way that we do  because we are humans, it is in our biology Not realistic- didn’t come to psych today because it is hard wired Drive-reduction theory Biological needs drive our behavior Drive- a state of arousal brought about by an underlying need which motivates one to  engage in behavior that will satisfy the need and reduce the tension or arousal (thirst,  hunger) Arousal is uncomfortable and we want to engage in a behavior to reduce the discomfort  brought on by the arousal Climb Mt. Everest because we have a need for oxygen deprivation Derives from the concept of homeostasis- equilibrium is the goal Arousal theory We are motivated to maintain an optimum level of arousal, if we are under stimulated we  seek stimulation and if we have too much going on we will try and shut down some of 
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course PSYCH 202 taught by Professor Roberts during the Fall '06 term at Wisconsin.

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Lecture 11 - 03:11

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