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LEC 8-Motivation

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Michael Inzlicht

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Motivation z Refers to the moving force that energizes behaviour Direction or goal of motives Strength of motives z Motives reflect biological and psychosocial needs Maslows Hierarchy of Needs Hypothalamic Regulation of Eating z Hypothalamus receives information regarding nutrient levels in body Lateral region Stimulation induces eating Lesions of the lateral region produce starvation Ventromedial region Lesions induce overeating Stimulation inhibits eating Sexual Motivation z Hormones Organizational effects: prenatal exposure to androgens alters the neural circuits in brain and spinal cord Adult behaviour of androgenized subject is masculine In the absence of androgens, Natures impulse is to create a female Activational effects: alteration of adult levels of hormones can alter the intensity of a behaviour that is modulated by that hormone
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