PSY 355 Week 3 Individual Assignment Motivation and the Brain Paper

# PSY 355 Week 3 Individual Assignment Motivation and the Brain Paper

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Motivation and the Brain

University of Phoenix

PSY 355

January 9, 2011

Dr. Peters

Motivation and The Brain

Motivation is at its core potential in nature, only finding a kinetic outlet when behavior is facilitated. Motivation can be liken to a large boulder being suspended on a hill by the small, wooden peg of choice. The boulder stores only potential energy while withheld on top of the hill, but by acting upon the small, wooden peg of choice motivation can be translated into kinetic energy-behavior (i.e. the boulder rolling down the hill). Achievement motivation theory dictates that incentive value, the attractiveness of an incentive as determined by number or amount, is mediated by the tendency to succeed (Ts) and the tendency to avoid failure (Taf) (Deckers, 2005). The actual inclination...

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