Individuals do not always perform to their full capability on cognitive tasks. When this occurs, the usual explanation is that the individual was not properly motivated. But this begs the important question: How and why does motivation interact with and influence cognitive processing and the control processes that regulate it? What are the underlying mechanisms that govern such interactions? Motivation has been an important component of psychology and neuroscience throughout the history of the field, but has recently been rejuvenated by rapidly accelerating research interest in the nature of motivation-cognition interactions, particularly as they impact control processes and goal-directed behavior.
This volume provides an up-to-date snapshot of the state of research in this exciting, expanding area. The contributors to the volume are internationally-renowned researchers that lead the field in conducting groundbreaking studies. Moreover, they represent a variety of research perspectives and traditions: cognitive psychology and neuroscience, animal learning, social, affective, and personality psychology, and development, lifespan, and aging studies. This book summarizes our current state of understanding of the relationship between motivation and cognitive control, and serves as an essential reference for both students and researchers.
In Motivation and Cognitive Control edited by Todd Braver, excellent psychologists tackle the diverse ways in which motivation influences cognition, while in turn cognition regulates motivation. Altogether, this is a comprehensive handbook for anyone interested in motivation-cognition interactions.
Kent Berridge, James Olds Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Michigan
While usually studied separately, motivation and cognition are often inextricably intertwined. This book showcases evidence for these interactions across an array of psychological phenomena, constructs, and neural mechanisms from first-rate contributors to this expanding field.
Michael J Frank, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Laboratory for Neural Computation and Cognition, Brown University
The issue of motivation has recently come to center stage in research on cognitive control. Braver, a leading researcher at the intersection of these two topics, brings together an interdisciplinary set of experts who view the control-motivation interface from diverse but complementary perspectives. Together, their contributions provide both a snapshot of current research and a roadmap for further investigation.
Matthew Botvinick, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Princeton Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychology, Princeton University
This is a fantastic compilation of research on motivation and cognitive control. It spans a wide spectrum of topics, from the role of motivation on vision and attention to broader conceptualizations of the importance of motivation to cognition and self-regulation. There was a time when researchers of cognition could ignore motivation, and vice versa. That is definitely no longer the case, and this volume of contributed chapters provides an excellent compendium for investigators aiming at understanding their interdependency.
Luiz Pessoa, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Maryland Neuroimaging Center, University of Maryland, College Park
Braver has brought together a very dense body of literature via highly sophisticated researchers… Academic practitioners of cognitive neuroscience will find the novel insights here as state of the art and fascinating… A wonderful but dense look into a subject that will fascinate many."
Roy Sugarman, PhD, Director: Applied Neuroscience, Perforamnce INnovation Team, EXOS USA, Metapsychology Online Reviews
Chapter 1. Todd Braver
Motivation and cognitive control
Rewards, Cognitive Processing and Goal-Directed Control
Chapter 2. Marcus Rothkirch and Philippe Sterzer
The role of motivation in visual information processing
Chapter 3. Brian Anderson and Anthony Sali
The impact of reward on attention: Beyond Motivation
Chapter 4. Ruth Krebs, Jens-Max Hopf and Carsten Boehler
Within-trial effects of stimulus-reward associations
Chapter 5. Mauricio Delgado, Susan Ravizza and Anthony Porcelli
Motivational influences on cognitive control: The role of reward processing
Chapter 6. Wim Notebaert and Senne Braem
Parsing the effects of reward on cognitive control
Chapter 7. Sanne de Wit and Anthony Dickinson
Ideomotor mechanisms of goal-directed behavior
Affect, Conflict and Self-Regulation
Chapter 8. Hans Marien, Henk Aarts and Ruud Custers
How goals control behavior: The role of action-outcome and reward information
Chapter 9. Philip Gable, Lauren Browning and Eddie Harmon-Jones
Affect, motivation, and cognitive scope
Chapter 10. Gesine Dreisbach and Rico Fischer
Conflicts as aversive signals: Motivation for control adaptation in the service of affect regulation
Chapter 11. Blair Saunders and Michael Inzlicht
Vigor and fatigue: How variation in affect underlies effective self-control
Chapter 12. Clay Holroyd
The waste disposal problem of effortful control
Age-related changes in cognitive motivation
Chapter 13. BJ Casey and Adriana Galvan
The teen brain: "Arrested development" in resisting temptation
Chapter 14. Shu-Chen Li and Ben Eppinger
Lifespan development of adaptive neurocognitive representations: Reciprocal interactions between cognition and motivation
Chapter 15. Todd Maddox, Marissa Gorlick and Darrell Worthy
Towards a three-factor motivation-learning framework in normal aging
Chapter 16. Thomas Hess and Brian Smith
Linkages between age-related changes in the costs of cognitive engagement, motivation, and behavior
Chapter 17. Ishabel Vicaria and Derek Isaacowitz
Age-related changes in motivation: Do they influence emotional experience across adulthood and old age?
Frontiers of Cognitive Psychology is a new series of cognitive psychology books, which brings together the very latest research in core and emerging topics in the field, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the current empirical, theoretical, and practical issues. Each volume provides handbook-like coverage a particular sub-area of cognitive psychology, yet is more focused and detailed than is possible in handbooks that attempt to cover the whole discipline. The series is an essential resource for senior undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and practitioners, and will be suitable as core textbooks in advanced courses dealing with specific sub-areas of cognitive psychology.