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Spring 2022 Psychology UN3671 section 001
Motivation Science

Call Number 11051
Day & Time
M 2:10pm-4:00pm
200C Schermerhorn Hall [SCH]
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required Instructor
Instructor Federica Pinelli
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description The course is meant to survey the main motivational theories and to examine the internal forces or influences that direct individuals towards goal attainment in everyday life. In class we will scientifically examine the forces that have traditionally directed individuals towards goals attainment. The main focus will be on social-cognitive processes and how situational factors trigger various responses that can then drive behavior. The course explores theories on cognitive determinants of motivation (e.g., goal setting, mindsets, control beliefs), affect processes (e.g., emotions both giving rise to and arising from progress or hindrance in goal pursuit) and valuation mechanisms (e.g., values influence motivation via the processes of goal content, goal striving, and identity development). In addition, we investigate the sociocultural level of motivation. We expand the conceptualization of motivational drive to include external factors such as culturally based knowledge and social interaction as potential motivators. We will answer questions such as “what do people really want?”, “why they want what they want?” and “Where does motivation come from”. We will investigate those questions in all different domains: learning, performance, work settings and emotional process in interpersonal relationships. And we will uncover how motivation takes place. Students will learn how to foster motivation and how to effect changes in their self and others in their life.
Web Site Vergil
Department Psychology
Enrollment 12 students (12 max) as of 6:12PM Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Status Full
Subject Psychology
Number UN3671
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20221PSYC3671W001

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