Video Labs: Chapter #8-Motivation and Emotion

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

The factors that motivate behavior have been a topic of interest for psychologists dating back to the beginnings of psychology. One important concept in the psychology of motivation is that of needs. One approach to needs defined them in terms of the shorting of some biological essential necessary for survival. Abraham Maslow took the idea of needs to a different level suggesting that human needs involve psychological factors as well. For example, he suggested that humans have a need for love and belongingness. He arranged his needs into a hierarch with more simple biological needs at the bottom of a pyramid and more complex, social needs at the top. This video reviews Maslow’s hierarchy. Run Time: 3:16

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Incentive Theory

The idea behind drive theories of motivation is that we are pushed in the direction of a behavior to satisfy a need. Another way to think about motivation is when behavior is pulled in a certain direction by an incentive. An incentive is an external stimulus that draws our behavior in a certain direction. For example, your supervisor at work might tell you that you can get a large bonus if you successfully complete the project to which she is assigning you. This video reviews the incentive theory of motivation. Run Time: 3:36

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Three Components of Emotion and the Universal Emotions

Humans experience a wide range of emotions. The experience of emotion involves experiencing a subjective feeling, a cognitive interpretation of that feeling, an internal physiological response, and a behavior related to the emotional experience. Psychologists have been studying emotions for many decades and have tried to define them and categorize them. This video reviews some essential information about emotion. Run Time: 8:02

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