Motivation 101

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Motivation 101

SKU# 9780826199027

Author: James B. Schreiber PhD

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What drives people toward their goals? Does motivation come from outside the individual or from within? This text is a concise, engaging overview of leading theories and the wide body of research about this core concept in psychology. It draws from a broad spectrum of psychological models and disciplines, and focuses on how various theories of motivation define and examine different motivational attributes, such as rewards and goals. An abundance of real-life case examples from the author's research and life experiences vividly illuminates how various models explain behavior and connect the study of motivation to our daily lives.

An entertaining alternative to lengthy and expensive texts on the subject, Motivation 101 is unique in helping readers understand how each theory of motivation and behavioral, neurobiological, attribution, and other models and views and defines a particular concept within each theory. For example, each modality views the concept of "reward&" from a different perspective. The book is also distinguished by its multidisciplinary focus, whereby research is drawn not only from different domains of psychology but also from such disciplines as education and business. In addition, the text considers cultural differences in the study of motivation and collaborative environments, and addresses changing research methodologies. It is an engaging introduction to the study of motivation for undergraduate courses in psychology and education.

Key Features

  • Provides a concise, engaging overview of motivation that encompasses leading theories and a broad body of research
  • Compares and contrasts different motivation theories, including needs-based and cognitive models
  • Draws from research across a wide range of domains within psychology, education, and business
  • Connects the study of motivation to our daily lives through illustrative vignettes and metaphors

The Psych 101 Series

Short, reader-friendly introductions to cutting-edge topics in psychology. With key concepts, controversial topics, and fascinating accounts of up-to-the-minute research, The Psych 101 Series is a valuable resource for all students of psychology and anyone interested in the field.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 07, 2016
  • Page Count 234
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826199027
  • EISBN 9780826199058

About The Author(s) 

James B. Schreiber, PhD, is a professor of epidemiology and statistics in the School of Nursing at Duquesne University. He received his PhD from Indiana University Bloomington in 2000. He has published over 60 articles, reviews, and book chapters, and has presented at over 120 national and international conferences. Previously, he has been a high school mathematics teacher, department chair, a professor of education, and associate dean for teacher education.

Table of Contents 



Chapter 1 Foundations

Chapter 2 Reinforcement

Chapter 3 Intrinsic Motivation

Chapter 4 Physiological and Neurological Needs

Chapter 5 Expectancy Value

Chapter 6 Goals

Chapter 7 The Self

Chapter 8 Positive Psychology and Growth

Chapter 9 Culture

Chapter 10 Research Methods