Motivation provides an accessible introduction to motivation and emotion, combining classic studies with current research and uses numerous real-world examples to engage the student and make, often difficult, theoretical concepts come to life. By understanding and applying the principles of motivation described in the text, students will not only discover insights into what motivates their own behavior but also how to instigate self-change through goal-setting.
Throughout the book the author adopts an evolutionary approach to explore the effect of interpersonal relationships, food preferences, fear, music, and the emotions on motivation, at the same time considering how personality traits and psychological needs are essential for understanding why people are motivated by different things. The motivation of compulsive behavior from addictions, such as drugs, gambling, Internet gaming, and obsessive exercise is also considered, providing a truly comprehensive overview of biological, psychological, and environmental sources of motivation.
The sixth edition has been thoroughly updated throughout and is accompanied by an instructor’s manual that contains multiple choice questions, essay questions with answers, websites related to motivation and emotion, power point slides, in-class activities, and discussion questions. It is an essential read for all students of motivation.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to Motivation and Emotion 2. Evolutionary Antecedents of Motivation 3. Addictions and Addictive Behaviors 4. Homeostasis: Temperature, Thirst, Hunger, and Eating 5. Behavior, Arousal, and Affective Valence 6. Stress, Coping, and Health 7. Psychological Needs and Motives 8. Personality and Motivation 9. Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation 10. Goal Motivation 11. Emotions and Moods 12. Emotions as Motives
Lambert Deckers is professor emeritus of psychological science at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He taught psychology courses for 45 years, with 40 years devoted to teaching a course in motivation and emotion. He also taught courses in the psychology of learning, and history and systems of psychology. Professor Deckers is a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science and a member of the Society for the Science of Motivation.