Motivation and emotion/Lectures/Brain and physiological needs

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Lecture 03: Brain and physiological needs

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This is the third lecture for the Motivation and emotion unit of study.

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This lecture explains the role of brain structures, neurotransmitters, and hormones in regulating motivational drives and discusses physiological needs, particularly thirst, hunger, and sexual motivation.



  1. Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals (David Anderson, 2013, TED talk)
  2. Compatibilism: Crash Course Philosophy #25 (Youtube, 11 mins)
  3. Sex, lies and pharmaceuticals (Life Matters, ABC radio, Sept 1, 2010) - Book


  1. Chapter 03: The motivated and emotional brain (Reeve, 2015)
  2. Chapter 04: Physiological needs (Reeve, 2015)


See also[edit]


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013). Overweight and obesity.
  2. Eder, A. B., Elliot, A. J., & Harmon-Jones, E. (2013). Approach and avoidance motivation: Issues and advances. Emotion Review, 5, 308-311. doi: 10.1177/1754073913477990.


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