psy355 | undergraduate

Motivational Processes In Human Psychology

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This course examines theories and research results pertaining to the structures (self, person, role, and event schemas) and processes (expectations, attributions, and inferences) underlying self and person perception.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Introduction to Motivation

    • Identify sources of motivation.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of motivation theories in explaining various behaviors.
    • Explain the relationship between motivation and behavior.
    • Analyze theories concerning human motivation.

    Biological Foundations of Motivation

    • Analyze the brain structures and functions associated with motivation.
    • Evaluate the effects of heredity and the environment on motivation.

    Motivation and Personality

    • Explain the differences between physiological and psychological needs.
    • Evaluate the effects of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation on behavior.

    Arousal, Behavior, Stress, and Affect

    • Describe the relationship between arousal and behavior, including performance and affect.
    • Examine historical theories of arousal and emotion as they relate to human motivation.
    • Assess the short-term and long-term effects of stress on the body, the brain, and behavior.

    The Function of Emotions as Motives

    • Analyze the methods used in research for uncovering basic emotions.
    • Discuss the facial feedback hypothesis, stressing event-appraisal-emotion sequence.
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