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AP Psychology: Motivation in Psychology - Chapter Summary
The impulse to act is an important part of our mental framework, but where does motivation come from? In this AP Psychology test prep chapter, you'll explore psychologists' theories about motivation as well as the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivators. Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a famous construct in psychology, and you'll look at how it explains basic human needs. You'll also review various ways we form systems of motivation for ourselves. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Define motivation and self-determination
- Explain where motivation comes from
- Understand basic human needs and how they can act as motivators
- Assess different types of motivations
- Relate biological instincts to psychological motivations
- Understand how motivation can be found in both internal and external factors
- Discuss how self-determination theory relates to capacity, strategy, and control beliefs
Use the engaging videos to solidify your knowledge as you go through this chapter. You can find key terms highlighted, and since you go at your own pace, you can easily review any parts that you might have missed. All of this complex information has been carefully crafted into clear and concise lessons so you can be successful in your review of psychological motivation.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Love & Sex as Biological & Psychological Motivators
The motivators for sex are usually biological, just as the motivators for love are typically psychological. In this lesson, you'll learn about psychological and biological motivators, as well as the various reasons that love and sex are motivators.
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