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 →

Arousal and Its Role in Motivation

Question: Describe in detail what arousal is as well as the role it plays in motivation, emotion, and behavior. Be sure to include the more prominent theories in your discussion. Response: Back to the analogy of the bow and arrow, the arrows represent the incentives that exist in the environment and in our minds. Motives... Continue Reading →

How Does Evolutionary and Personal History Affect Behavior?

Question: How does evolutionary history and personal history affect behavior? Provide an example. What is emotion? In what types of social settings might an individual observe the following emotions: sadness, anger, disgust, nervousness, and happiness? What is the relationship between emotion and motivation? Provide an example. Response: Evolutionary history and personal history are both internal... Continue Reading →

What Is Motivation?

Question: What is motivation? Does perception affect motivation? Why or why not? What are the major sources of motivation? What is motivation? Does perception affect motivation? Why or why not? What is the relationship between motivation and behavior? How is motivation demonstrated by behavior? Response: Motivation, as seen as a determinate of behavior, is the... Continue Reading →

The Link Between Testosterone and Aggression

DQ1: Hormones play a critical role in complex human behaviors. Several theories have advanced ideas about the way our behavior is influenced by hormones, including our sexual orientation. Select one of these theories and explain it, focusing on the proposed influence of hormones on neurological functions. Do you think this theory is plausible?  As usual,... Continue Reading →

How Do Neurophysiological Processes Affect Behavior?

DQ1: There are several neurophysiological processes in our bodies. Define what a neurophysiological process is. Select one of these processes and briefly describe its operation. How does this process affect behavior? Neurophysiological processes comprise the “…chemical and physical changes which take place in the nervous system” (Neurophysiology, 2009, p. 1). In our reserve readings for... Continue Reading →

Social Influences on Behavior

Social cognition is the process through which we categorize and understand the world around us and the social interactions that link us to that world. There exists within the psychological understanding of social cognition three models for understanding social interaction: networks of association, schemas, and concepts (Kowalski & Westen, 2005). The manner that human behavior... Continue Reading →

Defining Normal and Abnormal Behavior

I would like the entire class to identify behaviors that you consider “normal” and “abnormal.”  Please post a response to this message that includes at least three “normal” and three “abnormal” behaviors and the reasoning for your classifications What is normal? Is it majority rules, is it subjective, is it relative; or is normality dictated... Continue Reading →

Example of the Scientific Method in Action

Plainly stated the scientific method involves taking an observation, asking a question about that observation, brainstorming possible answers culminating in the most probable answer, quantitatively testing that answer, and finally coming to a conclusion as to whether the most probable answer is the best answer given the test results. At that point, if the most... Continue Reading →

Models of Abnormality

Psychologists use several different models to explain abnormal behavior. These different models have created shifts in values and beliefs as well as improvements in clinical research. These differences in ideas mean that the different models are sometimes in conflict with one another. People who follow one model often point out where another model fails in... Continue Reading →

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