New edited book on implicit motives available
How do unconscious motivational needs (i.e.,
implicit motives) influence physiological, cognitive, affective,
and behavioral responses to incentives? How can implicit motives
be measured? How are they shaped by culture, how do they influence
political and societal processes? Why are they often mismatched
with the explicit beliefs people have about their motivational
needs and what are the consequences of such mismatches? How can
we use knowledge about implicit motives in clinical, business,
and school contexts to help people achieve their goals? These
are some of the topics that “Implicit motives”, edited
by Oliver C. Schultheiss and Joachim C. Brunstein and published
by Oxford University Press, presents in 18 clearly written chapters,
contributed by leading authorities in the field. It represents
a state-of-the-art reference for all researchers and practitioners
interested in human motivation.
The first section portrays the three most commonly
studied motives, power, affiliation, and achievement, and how
they shape experience and behavior. The second section presents
classic and new approaches to motive assessment, including chronometric
methods and the use of computerized test administration and analysis.
In the third section, several contributors provide answers to
the question why implicit motives frequently do not overlap with
self-report measures of motivation -- a re-emerging fundamental
issue in motivation science -- and what this reveals about motivation
is measures and how motivational information is processed by the
mind. The section also includes chapters about the influence of
implicit motives on learning and memory, hormonal and brain activation
responses to incentives, and the emotional and behavioral consequences
of (in-)congruence between implicit motives and the explicit needs
and goals. The last section is dedicated to interdisciplinary
and applied aspects of implicit motive research, ranging from
the role of motives in politics and history, to clinical implications,
to the assessment and training of motivational competencies in
business and school settings.
Bringing together exciting new research on
a central topic in human motivation, this volume is an important
addition to the libraries of personality, social, and cognitive
psychologists, affective and social neuroscientists, clinical
psychologists, as well as graduate students in these fields and
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