Theories of Motivation: Instinct, Drive Reduction & Arousal


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Kevin is really stressed at work, and decides he needs a day off. When Kevin calls in sick to work the following day, which theory of motivation is he exhibiting?

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1. Our bodies making us thirsty when our water levels are low is an example of _____ Theory.

2. What is the motivating factor according to Instinct Theory?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of motivation. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include Sigmund Freud's theory of instincts and arousal theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Arousal theory
  • Instincts
  • Sigmund Freud's theory of instincts
  • Practical scenarios related to motivation

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related motivation lesson
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about important theories and other key figures and terms related to the study of motivation
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the arousal theory

Additional Learning

To learn more about motivation, review the accompanying lesson called Intro to Motivation. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify what motivation is
  • Learn about the instinct theory and what Sigmund Freud believes about instincts
  • Understand the drive reduction theory and the need to maintain homeostasis
  • Recall the arousal theory and how intrinsic and extrinsic motivators influence motivation