What Were You Doing on 9/11?

Why can you remember what you were doing when catastrophes occurred (e.g., terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, the Challenger disaster, assassination of John F. Kennedy)? Your initial response is due by Day 4. I think this goes back to our understanding of the way in which long-term memory, or secondary memory,... Continue Reading →

Is Attention a Limited Resource?

Is attention a limited resource? Explain why or why not. Your initial response is due by Day 4. Attention is a limited resource, as far as awareness is concerned; however, the processing of physical characteristics and even some processing of semantics takes place all of the time below the level of awareness (Willingham, 2007). So,... Continue Reading →

What Is Cognitive Psychology?

What is cognitive psychology? Would you classify cognitive psychology as a hard science or a soft science? Explain your answer. Your initial response is due by Day 2. As I read about cognitive psychology I was reminded of an old Bible verse that I learned in Sunday School: “Now we see but a poor reflection... Continue Reading →

Motivation Theories Presentation

Slide 3 Notes The motivation of behavior is a complex internal disposition predicated on biological and environmental factors, mediated by choice (Deckers, 2005). Incentives and motives exist in both our internal and external environment, and act to inform our motivations. What is more, incentives comprise an interactive duality of anticipated rewards and inhibition of aversive... Continue Reading →

Motivation As It Relates to Cigarette Addiction, the Five-Factor Model, and Homeostasis

Explain in detail the formal concept of homeostatic regulation. Additionally, give in detail, two applied examples of the concept.  Homeostasis is the internal balance that the body maintains in order to facilitate normal corporal functions, such as blood glucose levels, intra, and extracellular fluid levels, body temperature, and salt concentrations (Deckers, 2005). The negative feedback... Continue Reading →

Sources of Motivation Paper

Abstract The purpose of this paper is to examine the interaction between motivation and behavior, as a derivative of choice. Evolution and identity are also addressed as sources of motivation. The paper concludes that motivation is the bar used to leverage motives against behavior, balanced on the fulcrum of choice.  Sources of Motivation Paper The... Continue Reading →

Motivation and The Brain Paper

Abstract This paper examines the motivation behind eating healthy within a structure of biological and environmental variables, acting upon the mechanism of choice. The factors of intrinsic and extrinsic are covered as well as the various components of anorexia nervosa and obesity. Also, an analysis of the neurological structures involved in hunger and satiety is... Continue Reading →

The Economics of Motivation

The economics of motivation was fascinating. I have studied the Skinner box extensively in both the History and Systems in Psychology course as part of my bachelor program and History of Psychology, which was part of my associate program. I always enjoyed Skinner’s emphasis on observable behavior, rather than James’ introspection. In a capitalist society,... Continue Reading →

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