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In psychology, the aggregate of all the individual motives, needs, and drives operative in a person at any given moment that influence the will and cause a given behavior.
[ML. motivus, moving]
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Vox populi The drive to perform a task. See Neuromuscular motivation, Positive motivation.
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Psychological force that moves a person to act to meet a need or achieve a goal.
See also: motive
[ML. motivus, moving]
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the internal state of an animal prior to a specific behavioural act.
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Aggregate of all individual motives, needs, and drives operative in a person at any given moment that influence the will and cause a given behavior.
[ML. motivus, moving]
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Patient discussion about motivation

Q. How do you motivate yourself to exercise? I have a problem- I can easily get myself to go to work and other strenuous things, but when I need to get myself out for some exercise, which is only for me, I don’t find the energy for that. Does anyone have any tips how to encourage myself?

A. Try to change to an exercise you enjoy. You can also exercise with a friend, and the commitment to him may give you another push. Another option is to join a regular exercise program in a gym. Good luck!

Q. How to get my motivation back? Hi, I’m 22 years old girl, and since high school I’m 132 pounds stretched over 5’2’’. About two years ago, when I started college I gained another 20 pounds, that made me understand I’m overweight, and then I started a diet – mainly thinking before I eat something. I already lost those extra pounds, an I wish to lose another 10 pounds, but I feel I lost my motivation to restrict myself. Suddenly I find myself eating way too much, which makes me down, which makes me eat again… Any advice?

A. If you feel a craving for food, you can try to go to sleep – it helps me.
Good luck!

Q. What benefits have you recieved from nutrition and fitness What step did you take to begin and stay motivated perticularly if you were depressed and/or addicted

A. Today, after working in the gym for more than a year, I feel much better, I have a anew interest that challenges me and sets goals for me every time, and also let me find new people with this common interest. Of course, I look much better now, and it really improves my feeling and general well being.

If you suffer from depression or addiction, exercise may help you, although consulting a professional, as before starting any exercise program may be necessary.

Take care,

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However, by using an emergent design that was more longitudinal in nature, this study's findings illuminated three existing motivational processes while also providing empirical evidence of a theorized, sequential relationship among them.
Conceptually, the experimental approach to the motivational processes associated with human productivity under such conditions appealed to natural behavioral dispositions as the basic determinant.
One primary research question guided this study: how do personality factors, motivational processes, learning strategies, and scholastic aptitude (SAT) in combination, relate to academic achievement?
* Emphasize metacognition, or direct explanation of mental and motivational processes of comprehension, so students can self-regulate meaning construction
In addition, an individual's self-concept (i.e., his or her identity and values) is a significant filter through which these motivational processes operate.
However, engagement in physical activity is tied strongly to motivational processes as well.
The following 97 questions measure the motivational processes of students, according to a structure of six dimensions and sixteen scales (see table 1).
Achievement goal theory provides a basic framework for examining the motivational processes in sport (C.
He further said that genetic factors involved in influencing motivational processes in the brain may prove helpful in detecting patients who would be negatively impacted by particular medications.
Where early self-regulation research in education focused on cognitive strategies and behaviors, more recent studies have increasingly addressed the roles of motivational processes such as goals, attributions, self-efficacy, outcome expectations, self-concept, self-esteem, social comparisons, emotions, values, and self-evaluations.
Researchers in psychology from North America and Europe provide a broad overview of the field, beginning with a historical perspective, and covering forms and systems of motivation, motivational processes and differences, and applications of motivational research.
Cacioppo; as well as critical contributions to motivational processes and differences, as well as applications of motivational research.