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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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


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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Because changes in responding were mostly temporary and/or variable, it is more likely that the statements functioned as motivative augmentals than plys.
If the motivational statements function as motivative augmentals, it may be necessary for individuals to come into contact with additional reinforcement in order to maintain responding.
It was identified that the teachers' responses to the questionnaire items regarding the level of motivative effect of motivation sources on teachers are at a similar level according to the area of responsibility variable, and that there is a significant difference between responses to only one item.
A significant difference was not found among groups of teachers according to variables in terms of motivative effect of motivation sources and it was observed that all groups of teachers have expressed similar views in general.
Here, a computer-based task was used, pitting discriminative control established within the experiment against the possible motivative effect of stimuli in equivalence relations with consequences of known impact.
The demonstration of the transfer of various stimulus functions such as self-discrimination (Dymond & Barnes, 1994), respondent-eliciting and extinction functions (Dougher, Auguston, Markham, Greenway, & Wulfert, 1994), sexual arousal functions (Roche & Barnes, 1997; Roche, Barnes-Holmes, Smeets, Barnes-Holmes, & McGeady, 2000; see also Barnes & Roche, 1997), motivative functions (Valdivia, Luciano, Molina, Cabello, & Hernandez, 2002; see also Visdomine & Luciano, 2002) may have important clinical implications.
Behavior therapists have also maintained this traditional view of emotion as something that people have, rather than what people do, by according emotional phenomena, such as anxiety or fear, some motivative or causal role.