Motivation and emotion/Lectures/Unconscious motivation

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Lecture 10: Unconscious motivation

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


The 2017 lecture is complete (there was no live lecture in 2018). The 2019 lecture is in development.

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This lecture describes psychodynamic perspectives on unconscious motivation.



  1. Psychological priming (Bang Goes the Theory, Youtube, ~6 mins): This video shows three experiments which indicate that, when primed by handling money, people eat more chocolate, are less likely to help others, and can tolerate more pain.
  2. How your unconscious mind rules your behaviour: Leonard Mlodinow at TEDxReset 2013 (18:45 mins; start at 02:45 mins): This video provides several examples of unconscious perception and decision making from a cognitive neuroscience perspective. Unfortunately the camera work and editing is poor.


  1. Chapter 16: Unconscious motivation (Reeve, 2018)


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