Motivation and emotion/Lectures/Introduction

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Lecture 01: Introduction

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

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Overview[edit | edit source]

This lecture:

  1. overviews and explains the Unit outline.
  2. introduces the psychological study of motivation and emotion and key conceptual frameworks.

Key questions[edit | edit source]

The two key questions underlying psychological study of motivation and emotion are:

Why do we do
what we do?

Why do we feel

the way we feel?

However, the practical, applied purpose is to be able to better address the problems of:

How can we change
what we do?

How can we change

what we feel?

Key insights[edit | edit source]

  • Two people doing the SAME behaviour (e.g., jogging) may have DIFFERENT motivations
  • We have MULTIPLE motivations in each moment, but only our DOMINANT motivation gets acted on

Multimedia[edit | edit source]

  1. The ultimate motivational clip - Rise and shine! (Youtube) (3:24 mins): What is motivation? The "person-in-the-street" perception of motivation is generally that involves focusing and channeling personal energy towards achieving specific goals. This is one aspect of motivation, depicted in this "motivational" video. But psychological science actually considers all behaviour to be motivated, including, for example mundane behaviour (such as drinking and eating) and less "desirable" behaviours such as avoidance, procrastination, nose-picking etc.

Images[edit | edit source]

Readings[edit | edit source]

  1. Unit outline
  2. Chapter 01: Introduction (Reeve, 2018)

Slides[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Recording[edit | edit source]