Motivational Processes In Human Psychology –


(3 credits)

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 as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Introduction to Motivation

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

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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