PSYC-330   Psychology of Motivation

An investigation of physiological, learning theory, and social-cognitive explanations of motivation. Topics include: Brain mechanisms influencing hunger, sexual desire, attention, punishment and reward, drug effects on personality, emotional processes in addiction, drive and incentive effects in clinical disorders and work activity, gender and culture differences in achievement and power motives, decisional processes in learned optimism, and applications of theory to learning in inner city classrooms and to industrial productivity. The study of motivation is presented as a model for understanding inter-relationships among different approaches to psychological theory and research. Two-hour laboratory each week. Prerequisite: Psychology 151 or permission of the instructor. Recommended: junior or senior status.