Ch 10: AP Psychology: Motivation in Psychology

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Watch motivation in psychology video lessons and learn about Maslow's hierarchy of needs, self-determination theory, intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation, and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP Psychology course.

Motivation in Psychology - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The impulse to act is an important part of our mental framework, but where does motivation come from? In this 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 learn about various ways we form systems of motivation for ourselves. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define motivation, self-determination, intrinsic, and extrinsic
  • 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

VideoObjective
Intro to MotivationExplore three theories that explain motivation, or the impulse to act.
Intrinsic and Extrinsic MotivationUnderstand how motivation can be found in both internal and external factors.
Self-Determination Theory: Capacity, Strategy, and Control BeliefsLearn about self-determination and how it works as a motivator.
Avoiding Cognitive DissonanceUnderstand how motivation can be found in the need to avoid a reworking of schema.
Maslow's Hierarchy of NeedsLearn about the basic human needs as theorized by Abraham Maslow.
HungerExplore hunger as a motivator and the biological processes that accompany the need for fuel.

6 Lessons in Chapter 10: AP Psychology: Motivation in Psychology
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Theories of Motivation: Instinct, Drive Reduction & Arousal

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.

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Education: Definition & Examples

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.

Self-Determination Theory: Capacity, Strategy & Control Beliefs

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.

The Theory of Cognitive Dissonance in Psychology

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.

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

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.

Understanding Hunger: Physical & Psychological Factors

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.

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