There will be three exams. There will also be a research paper and possibly a take-home essay that together will count as a quarter of the grade.
There is one required text:
Mook, D. G. (1996). Motivation: The Organization of Action (2rd ed.) New York: Norton.
By the end of the semester, the student should
1. Approaches to the psychology of motivation. (ch. 1)
Motivation in the psychological context.
Four ambitious oversimplifications of motivation. (ch. 2)
Motivation and emotion.
2. Regulation motives.
Hunger and thirst (ch. 3)
3. Ethological or "Bribe" motives.
Sex (ch. 4)
Aggression (ch. 4)
The "bribe machinery" and addiction
4. Information motives
Arousal and alertness(ch. 6)
Curiosity and exploration
Emotions as information
5. Engineered motives. Acquired motivations(ch. 7)
6. Cognitive motives. Goals and decisions (ch. 9-10)
Motivation and cognition (ch. 11)
Social Motivation (ch. 13)
Life goals (ch. 14)
7. Mystery motives. Sleep and dreams
Music and humor