Reflection Paper/ Psychology

Write a reflection paper about what you have learned (from power point attached which is topic from psychology chapter “Motivation and Motion”) and that you have applied to your personal life. It is not a summary of the chapters. Please apply something from life.

It should be a word document with 3,000 words.

Motivation and emotion

Lecture Slides

Kristin C. Flora Ph.D., Franklin College


Meet Ivonne: United States paralympian

Ivonne has been a fighter all her life.

At age 2, doctors removed both eyes to stop the spread of an aggressive cancer.

After graduating college, Ivonne took up running, turning herself into a world-class runner and triathlete.

In Rio, Ivonne earned 6th place in the 1500 meter run.

Other notable accomplishments include speaking 4 languages, climbing mountains, and earning a graduate degree in business.



Motivation: Part 1

Motivation: a stimulus that can direct behavior, thinking, and feeling






Motivation: Part 2

Motivation and Learning Theory

Operant Conditioning

Positive reinforcers: stimuli that, when added, increase the likelihood of future behavior

Negative reinforcers: stimuli that, when taken away, increase the likelihood of future behavior

Incentive: an association established between a behavior and its consequences, which then motivates that behavior



Motivation: Part 3

Intrinsic motivation

The drive or urge to continue a behavior because of internal reinforcers

Examples: personal satisfaction, interest, mastery

Extrinsic motivation

The drive or urge to continue a behavior because of external reinforcers

Examples: money, grades, food, traffic tickets

Can undermine intrinsic motivation when we reward an activity with external reinforcers



Put your heads together 9.1

Imagine you are a psychology instructor and your goal is to motivate students to perform better on exams. Team up and discuss

extrinsic motivation strategies you could implement, and

ways to encourage intrinsic motivation.

Which would be more effective in the long term?




Theories of motivation: Part 1

Instinct Theory

Instincts: complex behaviors that are fixed, unlearned, and consistent within a species

Early theorists, influenced by Darwin, proposed that human behavior is motivated by various instincts.

Little evidence to support this theory

Evolutionary perspective suggests evolutionary forces influence behavior.

Example: fear of heights may have evolved to protect us from danger



Theories of motivation: Part 2

Drive-Reduction Theory

Homeostasis: the tendency for bodies to maintain constant states through internal controls

Homeostasis is the basis for motivation.

Behaviors are driven by the process of fulfilling basic needs.

If a need is not fulfilled, it creates a drive, or a state of tension that motivates behavior to restore equilibrium.



Drive-reduction theory



Theories of motivation: Part 3

Arousal Theory

Humans (and perhaps other primates) seek an optimal level of arousal, as not all motivation stems from physical needs.

Arousal can be a product of anxiety, surprise, excitement, interest, fear, and many other emotions.

Some people are sensation seekers.

High heritability of this trait (58%–67%)

Can decrease later in adolescence

Not all bad — has been linked to greater tolerance of stressful events



Arousal theory



Theories of motivation: Part 4

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

A continuum of needs that are universal and ordered in terms of the strength of their associated drives

Physiological needs

Safety needs

Love and belongingness needs

Esteem needs




Ivonne (center) with her family. Even in nursery school, Ivonne appeared to be motivated by esteem needs. She was self-directed, confident, and commanded respect from others.



Hierarchy of needs



Theories of motivation: Part 5

Maslow’s Hierarchy: Exceptions to the Rule

Sequence not set in stone

Physiological needs sometimes abandoned to meet self-actualization needs

Safety needs may be relegated to pursue self-transcendence needs


Breaking Fast Iraqi families gather for Iftar, the evening meal eaten after the daytime fast. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims deny themselves food, water, tobacco, and chewing gum from dawn to dusk. “As defined in the Qur’an, fasting is a strict practice of deep personal worship in which Muslims seek the highest level of awareness of the Divine” (Ilias, Tayeh, & Pachoundakis, 2016, p. 147). Here, basic needs (food and water) are put on hold for something more transcendent.



Theories of motivation: Part 6

Self-Determination Theory (Deci & Ryan)

Humans are born with three universal needs, which are always driving us in the direction of growth and optimal functioning.

Need for competence: reaching goals through mastery of day-to-day responsibilities

Need for relatedness: creating meaningful and lasting relationships

Need for autonomy: managing behavior to reach personal goals



Theories of motivation: Part 7

Need for Achievement (Murray)

One of 20 fundamental needs

A drive to reach attainable and challenging goals, especially in the face of competition

We seek situations that provide opportunities for satisfying this need

Need for Power (McClelland et al.)

A drive to control or influence others

Enjoy dominating others but hate being dominated



Put your heads together 9.2

Pick a media report describing a famous person’s behavior.

Apply different theories of motivation to explain their actions.




Social media and psychology

Network Needs

Social media can either intensify or reduce feelings of loneliness, depending on the platforms that are used and activity level.

Image-based platforms linked to reduced loneliness

Activity level

Active Facebook use strengthens relationships

Passive Facebook use diminishes positive emotion




Sexuality: Part 1

“Sex may be studied as a purely physiological need,” according to Maslow (1943), “[but] ordinarily sexual behavior is multi-determined” (p. 381).

Sexuality: a dimension of human nature encompassing everything that makes us sexual beings: sexual activities, attitudes, and behaviors

William Masters and Virginia Johnson are the pioneers of sexuality research.



Sexuality: Part 2

Human sexual response cycle

10,000 distinct sexual responses of 312 male and 382 female participants (Masters & Johnson, 1966)

Men and women follow a similar cycle; duration differs across individuals.





Men enter a refractory period where they are unable to obtain another orgasm.

Women do not enter a refractory period and can have multiple orgasms.



Masters and Johnson’s Human Sexual Response Cycle



Sexuality: Part 3

Sexual orientation: a person’s enduring sexual attraction to individuals of the same sex, opposite sex, or both sexes




Sexual orientation can also be described as a continuum that includes many dimensions of our sexuality, including attraction, desire, and emotions.



Sexuality: Part 4

How does sexual orientation develop?


Twin studies and family pedigree studies suggest there is a genetic component for sexual orientation.

Same-sex sexual behavior heritability rates are lower for women than men.

Prenatal influences

Early in utero exposure to high levels of androgens may be associated with homosexual orientation in women.

Fraternal birth order effect — having older brothers — is associated with homosexuality in men.

Maternal immunity hypothesis



Sexuality: Part 5

The role of nurture in sexual orientation

From a continuum perspective, many people fall in between strictly heterosexual and strictly homosexual.

Because we live in a homomisic society, most people in the middle will be pushed toward a heterosexual orientation.

Children raised in same-sex households are not disadvantaged; in fact, one study found that teens raised by lesbian mothers tended to score higher on measures of self-esteem and had fewer behavioral problems.



Sexuality: Part 6

A history of unfair treatment

Targets of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination

Continue to be targeted today with policies to exclude transgender individuals from military service and failure to be protected by federal law from workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation



What is your opinion on these recent changes to policy?




Sexuality: Part 7

Gathering sex data

Alfred Kinsey and colleagues were among the first to try to scientifically and objectively examine the sexual behavior of Americans.

Key findings: both men and women masturbated, and participants had experiences with premarital sex, adultery, and sexual activity with someone of the same sex

Limitations included a lack of a representative sample



Sexuality: Part 8

Sexual Activity Average Frequency in Prior Month for Men Average Frequency in Prior Month for Women
Penile–vaginal intercourse 5.2 4.8
Oral sex 2.3 1.9
Anal sex 0.10 0.08
Masturbation 4.5 1.5


How do men and women differ in sexual behavior?




Sexuality: Part 9

Think Critically: Sext You Later

Sexting: text messages with sexually explicit words or images

20% of high school students have used their cell phones to share sexual pictures of themselves

Twice as many have received images from others

Risks associated with sexting

Young people who sext are more likely to have sex and take sexual risks

When sexting is between two consenting adults, it may be completely harmless (provided no infidelity is involved).



Problems with sex: Part 1

Sexual dysfunction: a significant disturbance in the ability to respond sexually or to gain pleasure from sex

43% of women and 31% of men suffer from some sort of sexual dysfunction (Laumann, Paik, & Rosen, 1999)

Can be temporary or long-term







Problems with sex: Part 2

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): diseases or illnesses transmitted through sexual activity

Bacterial — can be treated with antibiotics

Examples: syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia

Viral — no cure, only treatments to reduce symptoms

Examples: genital herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV)

The more sexual partners you have, the greater your risk of acquiring an STI

Best bet is to play it safe and use protection



Hunger: Part 1

Cannon and Washburn (1912)

The stomach plays a role in hunger.

Blood sugar and hunger

When glucose levels dip, the stomach and liver send signals to the brain, initiating hunger.

Hypothalamus and hunger

Lateral hypothalamus

Ventromedial hypothalamus



Hunger regulation

Key hormones

Leptin: secreted by fat cells and is involved in suppressing hunger

Insulin: secreted by the pancreas and is involved in controlling glucose levels in the bloodstream



Hunger: Part 2

Cultural and Social Context

People tend to match food intake to those around them.

Naturalistic observation studies have found that women choose lower-calorie meals or eat less when trying to impress others.

Portion distortion

When we are exposed to images of large food portions, it tends to “recalibrate perceptions of what is a ‘normal’ serving of that food” (Robinson et al., 2016, p. 32).



Hunger: Part 3

Obesity Statistics

Approximately 37% of men and 38% of women are overweight or obese (BMI of 25+ or 30+ respectively).

One-third of America’s children and teens are overweight, and around 13% of American children are considered obese.

Set point: the stable weight that is maintained despite variability in exercise and food intake

Thermostat analogy

Critics say this model downplays the importance of social and environmental influences.

Perhaps settling point is more accurate?



Hunger: Part 4

Overeating, Sleep, and Screen Time

Negative correlation between sleep and weight gain

Positive correlation between screen time and weight gain

The Secret to Slimming Down?

Eat less, move more

Even those who opt for surgery must adhere to a healthy lifestyle

Photo: NBC Today weather anchor Al Roker before (left) and after his 2002 gastric bypass surgery. The procedure, which reduces the volume of the stomach and changes the way food is absorbed by the digestive system, helps people lose weight and may lead to improvements in cardiovascular health (Adams et al., 2012; Medline Plus, 2015, March 31).



Weight loss: Making it fit

Strategies Description
Set realistic goals. Set goals and expectations that are specific, realistic, and flexible.
Get regular exercise. Exercising just 30 minutes a day 5 times a week can help with weight loss. Add a variety of physical activities to your daily routines.
Eat regularly and track intake. Eat on a set schedule to minimize mindless eating. Eat only when hungry, and write down what and how much you consume in a food diary.
Control portions. Watch your portions. This is the amount you decide to eat. Read labels to determine the recommended serving size.
Drink water. Eliminate sweetened beverages like soda.
Join a weight loss support group. Social support helps promote healthier coping strategies and introduces accountability.



Emotion: Part 1


A psychological state that includes a subjective or inner experience, physiological component, and behavioral expression

Initiated by a stimulus

Likely to motivate action


Longer-term emotional states that are less intense than emotions

Do not appear to have distinct beginnings or ends



Emotion: Part 2

Language and Emotion

The English language contains 200 words to describe emotions.

Words and emotions do not correspond directly, but they are linked.

Categorizing emotions

Valence — pleasant or unpleasant

Arousal — how active, excited, or involved one is



Theories of emotion: Part 1

James–Lange Theory of Emotion

Suggests that a stimulus initiates the experience of a physiological and/or behavioral reaction, and this reaction leads to the feeling of an emotion

Each emotion has a distinct physiological fingerprint

Criticisms of the theory

People who cannot feel physiological reactions can still experience emotions

Speed of emotion is faster than physiological changes

When physiological functioning is altered, emotions do not necessarily change




Theories of emotion: Part 2

Cannon–Bard Theory of Emotion

Suggests that environmental stimuli are the starting point for emotions, and physiological or behavioral responses occur at the same time emotions are felt

Sensory neurons are activated and information is passed to the thalamus where it splits, going to the cortex and the limbic system

The cortex is responsible for the perception and the limbic system activates a physiological and behavioral response

Criticisms of the theory

The thalamus might not be capable of carrying out this processing on its own



Theories of emotion: Part 3

A diver comes face-to-face with a crocodile while swimming off the coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico. If you were this unlucky diver, what would you experience first: the emotion of fear, a physiological response (increased heart rate), or a behavioral reaction (flinching)?


The Cannon–Bard theory of emotion suggests that all these events would occur simultaneously.



Theories of emotion: Part 4

Schachter–Singer Theory of Emotion

The experience of emotion is the result of physiological arousal, followed by a cognitive label for this physiological state

If you experience physiological arousal but don’t know why it has occurred, you will label the arousal and explain your feelings based on your “knowledge” of the environment and previous experiences

Criticisms of the theory

Overstates the link between physiological arousal and the experience of emotion

People can experience an emotion without labeling it



Theories of emotion: Part 5

Lazarus and the Cognitive Appraisal Approach

Suggests that the appraisal or interpretation of interactions with surroundings causes an emotional reaction

Emotions are adaptive because they help us cope with our surroundings.

Criticisms of the theory

We can experience emotions without interpreting environmental circumstances (Zajonc, 1984)

Emotions can precede thoughts and may even cause them



Summary: Theories of emotion



Believe it or not: Polygraph tests

The polygraph is a machine that attempts to determine if someone is lying by measuring aspects of physiological arousal presumed to be associated with deceit.

PROBLEM: Biological signs of anxiety do not always go hand-in-hand with deception.

PROBLEM: Some people can lie without feeling distress.

fMRI may be better, but accuracy and validity have been questioned.



Theories of emotion: Part 6

Face Value

Darwin suggested the ability to read facial expressions is an innate characteristic that has evolved because it promotes survival.

If facial expressions are truly innate and universal, then people from all cultures ought to interpret them in the same way.

Ekman’s Faces

Sample consisted of New Guinea indigenous people

Results indicated that the same facial expressions represent the same basic emotions across cultures.



Put your heads together 9.3

Take out a piece of paper and sketch faces (or emojis) demonstrating happiness, sadness, disgust, anger, surprise, and fear. Compare your faces with others. Describe the similarities. Are there many differences?




Theories of emotion: Part 7

Display rules: framework or guidelines for when, how, and where an emotion is expressed

Some general differences across individualistic and collectivist cultures

These differences are taught early in life, through socialization (e.g., parenting, schooling)

Further work needed on how expressions of specific emotions (not emotions in general) are influenced by cultural values



How do display rules govern your emotions? Can you think of how you learned these “rules”?




Theories of emotion: Part 8

Does Smiling Make You Happy?

Facial feedback hypothesis: the facial expression of an emotion can affect the experience of that emotion

Try it!

Put your pen or pencil between your teeth for 30 seconds. How are you feeling?

Next put your pen or pencil between your lips for 30 seconds; make sure it doesn’t touch your teeth. How are you feeling?

Using the facial feedback hypothesis, explain your emotional state across the two conditions.



Types of emotions: Part 1

Basic emotions — people all over the world experience and express them in similar ways






Believed to be innate and have an underlying neural basis



Types of emotions: Part 2

The Biology of Fear

The amygdala, an almond-shaped structure in the limbic system, is central to our experience of fear.

Two pathways to fear

Direct: thalamus  amygdala

Allows the body and brain respond to danger without awareness

Indirect: thalamus  amygdala  cortex

Allow us to evaluate more complex threats and issue a false alarm



Types of emotions: Part 3


Flow: feeling completely absorbed in a challenging task, guided by a focus so intense that everything else, including the past and future, fades from awareness

Prerequisite for happiness

What activities put you in a flow state?

Flow is somewhat contagious.



Types of emotions: Part 4

The Biology of Happiness

Heritability estimates are between 35% and 50%, and as high as 80% in longitudinal studies (Bartels, 2015; Nes, Czajkowski, & Tambs, 2010)

A happiness set point

Increasing Happiness

We become habituated to events and objects that make us feel happy rather quickly.


Spending time with loved ones

Expressing gratitude



Pathways to happiness


Going to college

Achieving flow

“Buying time”

Being kind and generous

Counting your blessings

Prioritizing relationships


Buying new stuff

Becoming a millionaire



Moving your body

Buying experiences



The more rituals the merrier

From the pages of Scientific American

In a series of studies published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, hundreds of online subjects described rituals they performed with their families during holidays.

Those who performed collective rituals felt closer to their families, which made the holidays more interesting, which in turn made them more enjoyable.

Types of rituals didn’t matter, but number of rituals did.


These findings are correlational. What cautions do we need to take in interpreting the findings?




Put your heads together 9.4

Can money buy happiness? Team up and


discuss how money influences happiness.

How would your group spend $200 to increase the happiness of each member?

How would you spend $2,000?

Compare your answers with those of other groups.




In a good place

Ivonne is in a good place and attributes that to her faith.

Ivonne feels happiest when running, noting how her breathing connects her to nature.