Motivation as defined by Lambert Deckers, the author of our textbook, is the process by which a person is moved into action. Motivation is an intensely strong force which can originate from both our internal sources (biological and psychological) and our external sources such as goals or incentives. One of the first pieces of information I learned from the textbook and PowerPoint’s was that emotions are a “special” case of internal motivation. I also find it interesting that the textbook states: “The source of motivation determines specific behaviors as if the person had no other choice in the matter.” It is amazing to me that our brains are so smart that we literally trick ourselves into becoming motivated for a goal, acting as if there is no other option. Before taking this class I never knew how much biological involvement there was in a human being’s motivational decisions.
In this class I enjoyed the many videos and learning tools Professor Berg used to show different motivation topics. Chapter 4 on drug abuse and addiction was very interesting because the power substances can take over your body is incredible. I was not surprised to see caffeine as being named the most widely used psychoactive stimulant in the world. This fact learned in class has helped me outside the classroom and has made me want to limit my daily cups of coffee to now one or two. I strongly believe next to the drug abuse and addiction chapter the next best chapter to help students take what they have learned in this class and live a better life outside, was chapter 7 on stress, coping, and health. There are many physical and psychological health related issues due to stress. I learned that It is important to try and de-stress as much as possible and find solutions to problems without getting overly stressed or strained.
My favorite day in class was when we talked about, and watched the video by Brian Wansink and his “bottomless soup bowl experiment”. At first this concept made me laugh, then made me think, do I do this? The idea of the experiment is genius. The more food people see in front of them, the more they are likely to eat. The two videos on Wansink’s study were great and a fun way to describe palatability. I’ll never forget that video and have shown it to many of my friends and family.
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