Mastery motivation, as exhibited in infants and young children, has been defined as “a psychological force that originates without the need for extrinsic reward and leads the child to attempt to master tasks for the intrinsic feeling of efficacy rather than because of current Reward”. This chapter presents the results of two separate but related approaches to the examination of motivated behavior in deaf and hearing infants. For Part I, a traditional approach to the conceptualization of mastery motivation is employed. In Part II, a different, nontraditional approach was used to assess mastery. This approach focuses on the organization of behaviors rather than the discrete behaviors themselves.
Keywords: mastery motivation; deaf infants; hearing infants
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Subjects: Developmental Psychology
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