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Ch 10: GRE Psychology: Motivation, Arousal, Emotion

About This Chapter

This chapter reviews key content on motivation, arousal and emotion for your GRE Psychology Test preparation. You'll find short, fun video lessons across the chapter.

GRE Psychology: Motivation, Arousal, Emotion - Chapter Summary

You'll get to reinforce your understanding of several potential GRE Psychology Test topics by watching this chapter's video lessons. Once you're done with this chapter, you should be able to correctly answer any questions on the test about:

  • Emotional intelligence
  • How emotions are categorized
  • Theories of emotion
  • Fight or flight response
  • Effects of stress
  • Positive psychology
  • Theories about motivation
  • Extrinsic and intrinsic motivation
  • Self-determination theory
  • Cognitive dissonance
  • Maslow's hierarchy of needs
  • Hunger

Conveniently, you can watch these video lessons from a computer, tablet or smartphone. Return to any specific point in a lesson quickly by using the video tags.

GRE Psychology: Motivation, Arousal, Emotion Chapter Objectives

The GRE Psychology Test gives admissions offices an idea of how well you would do in a graduate-level psychology program. The test contains approximately 205 multiple-choice questions. This chapter targets the physiological/behavioral neuroscience portion, which makes up 12-14% of the exam.

12 Lessons in Chapter 10: GRE Psychology: Motivation, Arousal, Emotion
Emotions in Psychology: Definition, Biological Components & Survival

1. Emotions in Psychology: Definition, Biological Components & Survival

When railroad worker Phineas Gage's brain was injured in 1848, his emotions completely changed. Find out what parts of the brain affect your emotional intelligence and what made Phineas go from happy-go-lucky guy to crabby curmudgeon.

Categories of Emotion: 6 Basic Emotions, Oppositional Pairs & Biology

2. Categories of Emotion: 6 Basic Emotions, Oppositional Pairs & Biology

Have you ever wondered why you can react to danger before you even really realize it's there? Or why you can recognize an expression of happiness on someone's face, no matter where the person is from? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this lesson about the different types of emotions and how the brain processes them.

Theories of Emotion: James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, Two-Factor & Facial Feedback Hypothesis

3. Theories of Emotion: James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, Two-Factor & Facial Feedback Hypothesis

Have you ever wondered how your emotions are related to your physical reactions? Does your heart beat fast because you're excited, or are you excited because your heart is beating fast? Psychologists have taken a turn at figuring out how our physiological reactions are connected to emotions. Take a look at this lesson for more on the most important theories of emotion.

Fight or Flight Response: Definition, Physiology & Examples

4. Fight or Flight Response: Definition, Physiology & Examples

A squirrel caught in headlights or the cock that fights to the death? Do you know what makes us choose between freezing, running or fighting back? And what's happening inside of you all the while? This lesson answers all of your fight-or-flight questions.

Understanding Stress: Eustress, Distress & Coping Strategies

5. Understanding Stress: Eustress, Distress & Coping Strategies

Most people have to deal with stress on a regular basis. But do you know what it's really doing to your body? Learn more about the reasons behind feeling stressed as well as common strategies to not let the stress get to you.

Positive Psychology: Optimism, Self-Efficacy & Happiness

6. Positive Psychology: Optimism, Self-Efficacy & Happiness

There are folks who see the glass half-full and those who see if half-empty. But it's the same glass, so why does it matter what kind you are? Find out just how big of an impact your answer to this common question can have on how you live your life.

Theories of Motivation: Instinct, Drive Reduction & Arousal

7. Theories of Motivation: Instinct, Drive Reduction & Arousal

Motivation is a word we've all heard: whether we're asked if we're feeling motivated or, even, what our motivations are. Where does the desire to do something come from? This lesson presents and explains three of the main theories on motivation.

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Education: Definition & Examples

8. Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Education: Definition & Examples

Intrinsic and extrinsic are the two types of motivation. Learn more about intrinsic and extrinsic motivation from definitions and examples, then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Self-Determination Theory: Capacity, Strategy & Control Beliefs

9. Self-Determination Theory: Capacity, Strategy & Control Beliefs

How do you stay motivated? What motivates your peers and coworkers? Are rewards motivating factors or do people have an internal drive to persist until a given activity is completed? This lesson will describe a theory that encompasses both intrinsic and extrinsic motivators: the self-determination theory.

The Theory of Cognitive Dissonance in Psychology

10. The Theory of Cognitive Dissonance in Psychology

What happens when a person's beliefs and actions don't line up? And how do people deal with their feelings when that happens? Explore this lesson for information on psychologist Leon Festinger's theory of cognitive dissonance.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid

11. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid

Why is it that when some of our needs aren't met, it's almost impossible to concentrate on other ones? Psychologist Abraham Maslow spent his career looking for these answers. Watch this lesson to learn about some of his most important conclusions.

Understanding Hunger: Physical & Psychological Factors

12. Understanding Hunger: Physical & Psychological Factors

Finding a way to address our hunger is one of the main motivators we have as living beings. But hunger isn't all about your stomach; your brain plays a key role in how you get the message that it's time to refuel. Watch this lesson for details on how hunger works from the brain's perspective.

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