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Ch 5: Understanding Motivation & Emotion

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These convenient lessons on motivation and emotion can help you with test preparation or a class project. You will review the motivational cycle, theories of emotion, and the acquired needs theory from a mobile-friendly platform.

Understanding Motivation & Emotion - Chapter Summary

In this chapter on motivation and emotion, engaging lessons cover subjects like how learning is influenced by motivation and conflict encountered in everyday life. You will also get an understanding of how physiological reactions are connected to emotions. After going through the lessons, you should be poised and able to do the following:

  • Discuss theories developed by psychologists about motivation
  • List the stages of the motivational cycle
  • Explain approaches to the study of motivation
  • Recount the acquired needs theory
  • Differentiate between exploratory behavior and curiosity
  • Discuss how your emotions are related to your physical reactions
  • Recall theories of emotion developed by James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, and Schachter
  • Identify sources of conflict

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9 Lessons in Chapter 5: Understanding Motivation & Emotion
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What is Motivation? - Theories & Examples

1. What is Motivation? - Theories & Examples

Why do we do what we do? Motivation is the term that we use to describe why people move towards certain actions and goals but not others. Learn about the concept of motivation and a few important theories psychologists have developed to try and explain our behavior.

The Motivational Cycle: Definition, Stages & Examples

2. The Motivational Cycle: Definition, Stages & Examples

Where a person is at in the motivational cycle determines his or her progress toward personal goals. It is, in essence, the drive of life. This lesson reviews the cycle and its stages as well as offering examples of the cycle.

Acquired Needs Theory: Need for Achievement, Power & Affiliation

3. Acquired Needs Theory: Need for Achievement, Power & Affiliation

Do you act out of a need for achievement, power or affiliation? This lesson describes the acquired needs theory and how one of the three types of needs affect us more than the others.

Emotions in Psychology: Definition, Biological Components & Survival

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

James-Lange & Cannon-Bard Theories of Emotion

6. James-Lange & Cannon-Bard Theories of Emotion

Have you ever wondered whether we have a bodily reaction or an emotional reaction to an event first? We will be looking at some theories from James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, and Schatchter-Singer that ask that same question.

Schachter's Two Factor Theory of Emotion

7. Schachter's Two Factor Theory of Emotion

In this lesson, we will discuss Stanley Schachter's two-factor theory of emotion. When you've finished the lesson, you'll also have the chance to test your own knowledge of the two-factor theory of emotion with a short quiz.

Effects of Motivation & Emotion on Perception, Cognition & Behavior

8. Effects of Motivation & Emotion on Perception, Cognition & Behavior

In this lesson, we'll discuss how motivation influences learning and the ways that emotions contribute to our perceptions. You'll hear about two specific ways of approaching goals and consider how your own tendencies fit with these categories.

Conflict: Definition, Sources & Types

9. Conflict: Definition, Sources & Types

Conflict is all around us, and some might even say that conflict makes the world go around. This lesson explains the types of conflict and gives examples of the main types and sources of conflict.

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