Looking at the unit outline I was quite terrified at the amount of technology that seems to be involved in the assessments. However, after listening to the lecture and having the individual assessments broken down, the tasks seem much more manageable and almost fun. To start with, I guess the best questions would be what is motivation, and what is emotion? My initial impressions/definitions:
- Motivation is what makes people do things. There are different types of motivation- motivation to achieve, to attain (e.g. food, money), and motivation to avoid.
- Emotion is what we feel. It is a response to a stimulus.
These are not very concise definitions so I will refer to the textbook for actual definitions. Motivation is what drives behaviours, and what gives behaviours their drive and energy (Reeve, 2009).
Emotion is the complex psychophysiological experience in an individual’s state of mind. Some initial questions I have, and that I hope to be able to answer by the end of the year are:
- What motivates people to do things they don’t want to do?
- Is it really possible to have no motivation what so ever? What are the outcomes of low levels of motivation?
- What motivates me?