Motivation and emotion/Lectures/Introduction
Lecture 01: Introduction
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Overview[edit | edit source]
- provides an overview of the unit, highlighting key points from the unit outline, particularly the assessment, with detailed explanation about the topic selection and topic development exercises.
- introduces the psychological study of motivation and emotion and key conceptual frameworks.
- This unit seeks to understand psychological theory and research about motivation and emotion and to apply this knowledge to a specific topic for the major project.
- The assessment items are: Topic selection (0%), Topic development (10%), Book chapter (45%), Multimedia presentation (20%), Quizzes (25%)
- Motivation refers to the processes that give behaviour its energy, direction, and persistence.
- Emotions help us to adapt by functioning as motivators, providing feedback about our behaviour, and helping us to communicate our needs to others.
Key questions[edit | edit source]
There are two key questions underlying psychological study of motivation and emotion:
Why do we do
what we do?
Why do we feel
The practical, applied purpose is to be able to better address the questions of:
How can we change
what we do?
How can we change
What is motivation?[edit | edit source]
- If you ask someone in the street, "What is motivation?" they are likely to say something about having the will-power and self-discipline to focus and channel one's attention and efforts towards a short- or long-term goal-related task such as doing a workout or studying.
- This aspect of motivation is commonly depicted in "motivational" books and media.
- For example, this video inspires us to put aside inner excuses and self-doubts, to push on through difficulty, and strive towards challenging goals:
The ultimate motivational clip - Rise and shine! (YouTube) (3:24 mins):
- What's are your favourite motivational videos, quotes, books, or podcasts?
Key insights[edit | edit source]
- Psychological science considers ALL behaviour to be motivated. This includes:
- approach-based goal-directed behaviours
- mundane behaviour (e.g., drinking and eating)
- less "desirable" behaviours (e.g., avoidance, procrastination, nose-picking etc.)
- "non-behaviour" (i.e., choosing not to do something is also a motivated behaviour)
- Two people doing the SAME behaviour (e.g., a workout) may have DIFFERENT motivations (e.g., fitness, mood change, social engagement).
- We have MULTIPLE motivations in any moment, but only our DOMINANT motivation gets acted upon.
- Emotions are "designed" to help up to adapt to our environment
- Emotionally intelligence involves tuning into, self-regulating, and making effective use of emotion
Readings[edit | edit source]
Slides[edit | edit source]
- Lecture slides
See also[edit | edit source]
- Historical development and assessment skills (Next lecture)
Recording[edit | edit source]
- Lecture 01 recording (2022)