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Motivation and the Organization of Human Behavior: Three Reasons for the Reemergence of a Field

Richard M. Ryan

in The Oxford Handbook of Human Motivation

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195399820
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195399820.013.0001

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Motivation and the Organization of Human Behavior: Three Reasons for the Reemergence of a Field

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The fact that behavior is typically active, organized, and goal oriented represents one of the wonders of animate nature. Nonetheless, the organization and integrity of behavior can be disrupted by social contexts, implicit primes and motives, or by biological factors. There has been a strong resurgence in empirical research on these topics, as well as recognition of the potency of psychological factors. Three reasons for this resurgence of interest in the psychology of human motivation are reviewed in detail: (1) the theoretical depth and interdisciplinary nature of the field; (2) methodological innovations that have opened up new avenues of inquiry, and (3) the practical importance of motivation research as a translational science and for improving individual and community wellness through empirically supported interventions. Contributions within this volume are illustrative of all these factors, manifesting interdisciplinary depth, sophisticated methods, and practical applicability.

Keywords: motivation; organization; goals; regnant causes; implicit motives

Article.  5568 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology ; Health Psychology

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