Introduction to psychology/Lectures/Motivation and emotion

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Introduction to motivation and emotion

This is a resource page for an Introduction to Motivation and Emotion 1st year undergraduate psychology lecture.


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Why is this person playing the violin?
Why are you reading this page?
Why did you get out of bed this morning?
Why do people bother doing anything?
Ultimately, how can we explain behaviour?
Addressing such questions is the focus of psychological study of motivation.

What emotions are these people experiencing?
Why are they experiencing these emotions?
What purpose do emotions serve?
What emotions are there?
How can we better understand and manage emotions?
Addressing such questions is the focus of psychological study of emotion.


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  1. Burton, L., Westen, D., Kowalski, R. (2012). Psychology (3rd ed.). Milton, Queensland, Australia: Wiley.


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  1. Gerrig, R. J., Zimbardo, P. G., Campbell, A. J., Cumming, S. R., & Wilkes, F. J. (2008). Motivation (Ch 11). Psychology and life (Australian edition). Sydney: Pearson Education Australia.
  2. Weiten, W. (2013). Motivation and emotion (Ch 10). Psychology: Themes and variations (9th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

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