The Social Psychology of Motivation

Paperback | September 17, 2010

EditorJason Plaks

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This collection of classic and contemporary readings explores the social and cognitive underpinnings of the psychology of motivation. Written in a student-friendly style, author commentaries accompany each unit and article, providing historical and contextual analyses throughout. Looking athuman motivation from a social psychological perspective, the text examines such issues as why some people respond to success by lowering their level of aspiration while others raise it; why some people go out of their way to identify with stigmatized minority groups; and why people become morepatriotic after thinking about their death. The Social Psychology of Motivation is an impressive blend of empirical research, theoretical analysis, and fresh Canadian commentary.

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This collection of classic and contemporary readings explores the social and cognitive underpinnings of the psychology of motivation. Written in a student-friendly style, author commentaries accompany each unit and article, providing historical and contextual analyses throughout. Looking athuman motivation from a social psychological p...

Jason Plaks is associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of Toronto, St George campus. He is a social/personality psychologist primarily interested in the links between cognition and motivation. His main research and teaching areas include social cognition; motivation and goal setting; prejudice and stereot...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.79 inPublished:September 17, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195431855

ISBN - 13:9780195431858

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nonsense and more nonsense Don't waste your money. I have taken this course with Jason Plaks and read and studied the material extensively. This guide has nonsensical definitions to terms based on general meanings of terns rather than on the present context. You will regret buying it, just read and make yourself abridged notes. You will have to synthesize the information anyway in order to produce and semblance of a proper discussion.
Date published: 2013-01-10

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Table of Contents

Unit 1: Social NeedsRoy F. Baumeister and Mark R. Leary: The Need to Belong: Desire for Interpersonal Attachments as a Fundamental Human MotivationCynthia L. Pickett, Michael D. Silver, and Marilynn B. Brewer: The Impact of Assimilation and Differentiation Needs on Perceived Group Importance and Judgment of Ingroup SizeUnit 2: Epistemic NeedsRobert W. White: Motivation Reconsidered: The Concept of CompetenceArie W. Kruglanski and Donna M. Webster: Motivated Closing of the Mind: 'Seizing' and 'Freezing'Unit 3: Reward and PunishmentMark R. Lepper, David Greene, and Richard E. Nisbett: Undermining Children's Intrinsic Interest with Extrinsic Reward: A Test of the 'Overjustification' HypothesisEdward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan: The Support of Autonomy and the Control of BehaviorLeon Festinger: The Psychological Effects of Insufficient RewardsUnit 4: Success and FailureKurt Lewin: Psychology of Success and FailureAndrew J. Elliot: The Hierarchical Model of Approach-Avoidance MotivationHeidi Grant and Carol S. Dweck: Clarifying Achievement Goals and Their ImpactUnit 5: Motivation's Effect on CognitionZiva Kunda: The Case for Motivated ReasoningE. Tory Higgins: Beyond Pleasure and PainUnit 6: Cognition's Effect on MotivationRobin R. Vallacher and Daniel M. Wegner: What Do People Think They Are Doing? Action Identification and Human BehaviourPeter M. Gollwitzer, Heinz Heckhausen, and Birgit Stellar: Deliberative vs Implementational Mind-sets: Cognitive Tuning toward Congruous Thoughts and InformationUnit 7: Motivation and EmotionCharles S. Carver and Michael F. Scheier: Origins and Functions of Positive and Negative Affect: A Control-Process ViewBernard Weiner: An Attributional Theory of Achievement Motivation and EmotionUnit 8: Self-regulationRoy F. Baumeister, Ellen Bratslavsky, Mark Muraven, and Dianne M. Tice: Ego Depletion: Is the Active Self a Limited Resource?Walter Mischel, Yuichi Shoda, and Monica L. Rodriquez: Delay of Gratification in ChildrenUnit 9: Using Other People as Motivational InformationMark W. Baldwin, Suzanne E. Carrell, and David F. Lopez: Priming Relationship Schemas: My Advisor and the Pope are Watching Me from the Back of My MindBibb Latane, Kipling Williams, and Stephen Harkin: Many Hands Make Light the Work: Causes and Consequences of Social Loafing

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"The author's writing style is well suited to our undergraduate students, and should provide interesting access to the professional literature in this area . . . I believe that students are well-served by introducing them to the actual scientific literature, and thus welcome such a text." --Katherine Arbuthnott, Campion College at the University of Regina