1st Edition

The Psychobiology of Human Motivation

ISBN 9780415192750
Published March 31, 1999 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

Why is one person motivated to create a business empire whilst another is inspired to produce a beautiful work of art? Why do some people prefer a quiet life?
The Psychobiology of Human Motivation explores what directs our behaviour, from basic physiological needs like hunger and thirst to more complex aspects of social behaviour like altruism. Hugh Wagner explores the limits of biological explanations and shows how humans can influence `basic' physiological drives in order to adapt to a complex social environment.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and overview 2. Essentials of human physiology 3. Biological rhythms and sleep 4. Homeostasis and drinking 5. Hunger and eating 6. Sex 7. Aggression 8. Reward and addiction 9. Cognitive and social motives Glossary, References, Index

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'I have no hesitation in recommending it as a core text.' - Karen Officer, James Watt College, Kilwinning