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Motivational Processes in Human Psychology




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Course level: Undergraduate

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.



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Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Define motivation, identifying how motivation is expressed.
  • Identify sources of motivation.
  • Analyze the relationship between the brain, motivation, and behavior.
  • Apply theories of motivation that are effective in explaining various behaviors.

Week 2

  • Analyze how physiological, psychological implicit, and quasi needs affect behavior.
  • Identify incentives, consequences, and rewards for behavior.
  • Explain autonomy, competence, and relatedness, as well as how they affect behavior.
  • Assess the importance of acquired needs, such as achievement, affiliation, and power.
  • Apply relevant theories and models in understanding human behavior.

Week 3

  • Evaluate plans of action, goal setting, goal striving, and the factors that lead to goal disengagement as they relate to cognition.
  • Compare the four types of mindsets.
  • Explain self-efficacy, mastery beliefs, and learned helplessness.
  • Identify factors related to the self, including self-concept, self-esteem, and self0regulation.
  • Analyze theories related to goal setting, mindset, personal control, and self.

Week 4

  • Describe the basic and complex emotions that humans experience and the role they play in peoples’ lives.
  • Analyze the key biological and cognitive factors that affect emotion.
  • Explain how appraisal affects emotion.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of theories on emotion in explaining various behaviors.

Week 5

  • Explain the positive psychology approaches.
  • Analyze state-of-the-art intervention techniques.
  • Evaluate the personal strengths investigated in positive psychology.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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