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Intrinsic Motivation: Psychological and Neuroscientific Perspectives
University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this essay is to give an overview of the topic of intrinsic motivation based on psychological an neuroimaging research. More specifically, the objective is to give an overview of the various benefits of intrinsic motivation, discuss its relationship to extrinsic rewards, and review the existing neuroimaging research that has explicitly explored intrinsic motivatoin. A positive relationship betweeen intrinsic motivation and persistence, conceptual learning, creativity, and both hedonic and eudaimonic well-being has been demonstrated. A wealth of studies has shown that extrinsic rewards undermine intrinsic motivation, while the validity of these findings has been debated. Initial neuroimaging studies concerning the neural basis of intrinsic motivation have been conducted, showing unique activations in the intrinsic motivation conditions in e.g. the anterior precuneus and the right insular cortex. Conceptual and methodological problems have been discussed, and it is suggested that the neuroscientific findings mentioned above can be interpreted in terms of the neural distinction between wanting and liking, rather than in terms of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and that psychological research can draw on neuroscientific findings in order to make its research more precise.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Keywords: intrinsic motivation, self-determination theory, undermining effect, motivational orientation, reward, neuroimaging
National Category
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-6862OAI: diva2:572708
Subject / course
Cognitive Neuroscience
Educational program
Psychological Coach
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-12-17 Created: 2012-11-28 Last updated: 2012-12-17Bibliographically approved

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