Researchers have developed a number of theories to explain motivation, and each theory contributes to a better understanding of motivation. In this module, you have read about drive reduction and arousal theory, behavioral and social-cognitive theories, and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. In this activity, you will write a 3-5 page essay that discusses different theories of motivation.
Discuss the three key biological theories of motivation.
Describe two psychological theories of motivation.
Explain how biopsychological theories apply to motivation.
Step 1: Review and research.
Review the assigned reading for this module and do some Internet and/or library research about different theories of motivation. It is recommended that you conduct research through our Online Library (Links to an external site.) (Link will open in new tab.) or use a scholarly internet search. Wikipedia is not allowed.
Step 2: Write and Reflect.
Write a 3-5 page paper that discusses motivation and the leading theories that explain it. Consider the following:
What is motivation? Discuss its definition and different components.
What are motives? Explain the different types of motives.
Discuss biological approaches (theories) to motivation.
Discuss behavioral and social-cognitive theories of motivation.
Explain Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
Which level of Maslow’s hierarchy provides the strongest motivation for your behavior in general? Support your answer.