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Motivation is that which moves us to action. Human motivation is thus a complex issue, as people are moved to action by both their evolved natures and by myriad familial, social and cultural influences. The Oxford Handbook of Human Motivation collects the top theorists and researchers of human motivation into a single volume, capturing the current state-of-the-art in this fast developing field. The book includes theoretical overviews from some of the
best-known thinkers in this area, including chapters on Social Learning Theory, Control Theory, Self-determination theory, Terror Management theory, and the Promotion and Prevention perspective. Topical chapters appear on phenomena such as ego-depletion, flow, curiosity, implicit motives, and personal interests. A
section specifically highlights goal research, including chapters on goal regulation, achievement goals, the dynamics of choice, unconscious goals and process versus outcome focus. Still other chapters focus on evolutionary and biological underpinnings of motivation, including chapters on cardiovascular dynamics, mood, and neuropsychology. Finally, chapters bring motivation down to earth in reviewing its impact within relationships, and in applied areas such as psychotherapy, work, education,
sport, and physical activity. By providing reviews of the most advanced work by the very best scholars in this field, The Oxford Handbook of Human Motivation represents an invaluable resource for both researchers and practitioners, as well as any student of human nature.
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  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 181 x 254 x 27mm | 1,034g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0199366233
  • 9780199366231
  • 514,424

Table of contents

Part One: Introduction ; 1. Motivation and the Organization of Human Behavior: Three Reasons for the Reemergence of a Field ; Richard M. Ryan ; Part Two: General Theories of Human Motivation ; 2. Social Cognitive Theory and Motivation ; Dale H. Schunk and Ellen L. Usher ; 3. Cybernetic Control Processes and the Self-Regulation of Behavior ; Charles S. Carver and Michael F. Scheier ; 4. The Role of Death in Life: Existential Aspects of Human Motivation ; Pelin Kesebir and Thomas Pyszczynski ; 5. Too Much of a Good Thing? Trade-offs in Promotion and Prevention Focus ; Abigail A. Scholer and E. Tory Higgins ; 6. Motivation, Personality, and Development within Embedded Social Contexts: An Overview of Self-Determination Theory ; Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan ; Part Three: Motivational Processes ; 7. Ego-Depletion: Theory and Evidence ; Mark Muraven ; 8. Flow ; Susan A. Jackson ; 9. Implicit-Explicit Motivation Congruence ; Todd M. Thrash, Laura A. Maruskin, and Chris C. Martin ; 10. Curiosity and Motivation ; Paul J. Silvia ; 11. Interest and Its Development ; K. Ann Renninger and Stephanie Su ; Part Four: Goals and Motivation ; 12. Achievement Goals ; Kou Murayama, Andrew J. Elliot, and Ron Friedman ; 13. Goal Pursuit ; Peter M. Gollwitzer and Gabriele Oettingen ; 14. Unconscious Goal Pursuit: Non-Conscious Goal Regulation and Motivation ; Henk Aarts and Ruud Custers ; 15. The Motivational Complexity of Choosing: A Review of Theory and Research ; Erika A. Patall ; 16. On Gains and Losses, Means and Ends: Goal Orientation and Goal Focus across Adulthood ; Alexandra M. Freund, Marie Hennecke, and Maida Mustafi ; Part Five: Motivation in Relationships ; 17. Self-Enhancement and Self-Protection Motives ; Constantine Sedikides and Mark D. Alicke ; 18. The Gendered Body Project: Motivational Components of Objectification Theory ; Tomi-Ann Roberts and Patricia L. Waters ; 19. Relatedness between Children and Parents: Implications for Motivation ; Eva M. Pomerantz, Cecilia Sin Sze Cheung, and Lili Qin ; 20. Avoiding the Pitfalls and Approaching the Promises of Close Relationships ; Shelly L. Gable and Thery Prok ; Part Six: Evolutionary and Biological Perspectives ; 21. Neuroscience and Human Motivation ; Johnmarshall Reeve and Woogul Lee ; 22. Evolved Individual Differences in Human Motivation ; Larry C. Bernard ; 23. Moods of Energy and Tension that Motivate ; Robert E. Thayer ; 24. Effort Intensity: Some Insights from the Cardiovascular System ; Guido H. E. Gendolla, Rex A. Wright, and Michael Richter ; Part Seven: Motivation in Application ; 25. Motivation in Psychotherapy ; Martin Gross Holtforth and Johannes Michalak ; 26. Motivation in Education ; Allan Wigfield, Jenna Cambria, and Jacquelynne S. Eccles ; 27. Advances in Motivation in Exercise and Physical Activity ; Martin S. Hagger ; 28. Work Motivation: Directing, Energizing, and Maintaining Effort (and Research) ; Adam M. Grant and Jihae Shin ; 29. Youth Motivation and Participation in Sport and Physical Activity ; Maureen Weiss, Anthony J. Ambrose, and Lindsay E. Kipp ; 30. Through a Fly's Eye: Multiple Yet Overlapping Perspectives on Future Directions for Human Motivation Research ; Richard M. Ryan and Nicole Legate
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"This easy-to-read book covers both theoretical constructs and practical applications, and the findings are supported by research." -- DOODY'S
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About Richard M. Ryan

Richard M. Ryan, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Education, University of Rochester.
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