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drive theory

a theory of learning developed by American psychologist Clark Leonard Hull (1884-1952) which proposes that deficits in physiological needs create a state of arousal that motivates the organism to engage in a behaviour to satisfy the need in order to reduce the arousal. For example, hunger motivates the organism to seek food. The linking of the drive state with the response that leads to the reduction in arousal produces learning of that response.
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