Talk:Motivation and emotion/Book/2020/Goldilocks principle and motivation

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Small edit[edit source]

Hey! Just letting you know that I edited some spelling in your paragraph on infant development ! Feel free to keep it or revert the changes I made :) --U3190016 (discusscontribs) 11:11, 15 October 2020 (UTC)

Heading casing[edit source]

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FYI, the convention on Wikiversity is for sentence casing. For example, the wikitext should be:

== Cats and mice ==

rather than

== Cats and Mice ==

-- Jtneill - Talk - c 12:04, 19 September 2020 (UTC)


Topic development feedback[edit source]

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Title and sub-title[edit source]

  1. Title and sub-title has been corrected to be consistent with the book table of contents
  2. Authorship details removed - authorship is as per the page's editing history

User page[edit source]

  1. Excellent - used effectively# Consider linking to your eportfolio page and/or any other professional online profile such as LinkedIn. This is not required, but it can be useful to interlink your professional networks.
  2. Link provided to book chapter

Social contribution[edit source]

  1. Summarised with indirect link(s) to evidence.
  2. Provide an abbreviated summary.
  3. Add direct links to evidence. To do this: View the page history, select the version of the page before and after your contributions, click "compare selected revisions", and then use this website address as a direct link to evidence for listing on your user page. For more info, see Making and summarising social contributions.

Section headings[edit source]

  1. Under-developed, 2-level heading structure - develop further
  2. Aim for 3 to 6 top-level headings between the Overview and Conclusion, with up to a similar number of sub-headings for large sections.

Key points[edit source]

  1. Not provided

Image[edit source]

  1. Excellent
  2. Cite each figure at least once in the main text.

References[edit source]

  1. None
  2. Image reference removed (because these details can be found by clicking on the image)

Resources[edit source]

  1. None provided

-- Jtneill - Talk - c 12:04, 19 September 2020 (UTC)

Behavioural therapy goldilocks principle[edit source]

There is an interesting concept in behavioural therapy about how if a reinforcer is too big or too small they won't motivate behaviour change. The reinforcer has to be just right and that is why its called the goldilocks principal. Could be worth looking into --Jackson McNee (discusscontribs) 04:38, 6 October 2020 (UTC)


Motivational Interviewing[edit source]

Hi there, I think that motivational interviewing applies the Goldilocks principle very well. In order to promote the most motivation, the discrepancy between where the person is (current self) and where the person would like to be (ideal/possible self) should be just right. There needs to be a match between the person's ability and the difficulty of the task. If the task is too easy, or too hard, motivation will be low, but if the task difficulty matches ability, motivation will be high (inverted-U shape). This is capitalised on with motivational interviewing where the person is encouraged to notice a discrepancy and begin working towards closing it. Hope this might help. -- Tia U3190467 (discusscontribs) 01:54, 14 October 2020 (UTC)


Chapter review and feedback[edit source]

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Overall[edit source]

  1. Overall, this is a promising, basic chapter that describes the application of the GP to motivational psychology.
  2. This chapter is well under the maximum word count, so there was room for further development.
  3. For additional feedback, see the following comments and these copyedits.

Theory[edit source]

  1. The chapters succeeds in communicating a basic understanding of the GP and motivation.
  2. The original Goldilocks story could be explained more clearly - i.e., that, although she tried all options, she preferred the porridge, chair, bed etc. that was "just right".
  3. It was good that some of the diverse applications beyond psychology were mentioned. More could be made of this and its connections to psychology e.g., consumer motivation to purchase when the cost is "just right", leadership/communication, connection to self-determination theory.

Research[edit source]

  1. Overall, this chapter provides a basic overview of relevant research.
  2. When describing important research findings, consider including a bit more detail about the methodology and indicating the size of effects in addition to whether or not there was an effect or relationship.
  3. Greater emphasis on major studies, reviews, and/or meta-analyses would be helpful.

Written expression[edit source]

  1. Written expression
    1. Overall, the quality of written expression is reasonable.
    2. The chapter benefited from a reasonably well developed Overview and Conclusion. The Conclusion could be improved by proving more tangible, practical take-home self-help messages for each focus question.
    3. Ideally, provide more case studies/examples.
  2. Layout
    1. See earlier comments about heading casing.
  3. Learning features
    1. For See also, use bullet-points, per Tutorial 1.
    2. Excellent use of embedded in-text interwiki links to Wikipedia articles. Adding interwiki links for the first mention of key words and technical concepts would make the text more interactive.
    3. No use of embedded in-text links to related book chapters. Embedding in-text links to related book chapters helps to integrate this chapter into the broader book project.
    4. Basic use of image(s) - ideally make a clearer connnection via the captions with the GP.
    5. No use of table(s).
    6. Basic use of feature box(es).
    7. No use of quiz(zes).
    8. Basic use of case studies or examples - it could be more clear how the case study illustrates the GP.
  4. Grammar
    1. Use serial commas[1] - it is part of APA style and generally recommended by grammaticists.
    2. Check and correct use of affect vs. effect.
  5. Proofreading
    1. Check and correct consistency of capitalisation e.g., should be Goldilocks principle.
  6. APA style
    1. Figures and tables
      1. Refer to each Table and Figure at least once within the main text (e.g., see Figure 1).
    2. Citations are not in full APA style. For example:
      1. Multiple citations in parentheses should be listed in alphabetical order by first author surname.
    3. References are not in full APA style. For example:
      1. Check and correct use of capitalisation.
      2. Include hyperlinked dois.

Social contribution[edit source]

  1. ~1 logged, useful, social contributions with direct links to evidence

-- Jtneill - Talk - c 22:43, 5 November 2020 (UTC)