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Self-determination theory: The roles of emotion and trait mindfulness in motivation
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Within the framework of Self-determination theory, influences of emotions on motivation are largely neglected. And when considering the recent findings that mindfulness is associated with emotional management, it is unknown how mindfulness may buffer emotions in relation to autonomous and controlled motivations. The present study examined the relationship between the two dimensions of emotion (i.e., pleasantness and arousal) and relative autonomous-oriented motivation, and the moderation effect of trait mindfulness on such relationship. A hundred and seventy-one students of a Swedish university participated in the survey. It was found that pleasantness, arousal and trait mindfulness were correlated positively with relative autonomous-oriented motivation, and that trait mindfulness moderated the relationship between pleasantness and the motivation. The findings suggest that pleasant and arousal emotions, and dispositional mindfulness may have positive effects on autonomous motivation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 21 p.
Keyword [en]
Self-determination theory, autonomous motivation, controlled motivation, emotion, mindfulness
National Category
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53216OAI: diva2:934867
Educational program
Psychology, work and organizational psychology, Master Programme, 120 credits
, Linnaeus University (English)
Available from: 2016-06-13 Created: 2016-06-09 Last updated: 2016-06-13Bibliographically approved

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