Motivation, Affect and Emotions (251018)

Learning Outcomes

This CU aims to contribute to the knowledge of the areas of motivation, affect and emotions, as well as to the development of theoretical and practical competences related to the referred psychological aspects. Therefore, it aims to provide the students: 
Deepen theoretical knowledge about the motivational, affective and emotional areas, regarding their nature, functioning and interrelation, focusing the main theoretical perspectives; 
Practical competences that allow a close perspective of the psychological practice, by the operationalization of the practical implications of the study of motivational, emotional and affective processes.

Study Program

I) Introduction to the study of motivation
1.    Definitions and contradictions
2.    Historical perspective
3.    Different types of motives
4.    Motivational Cycle
5.    Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
6.    Behavior, cognition and emotion
7.    Motivation and change

II)Theoretical conceptions: Gestalt, Psychoanalyst, Relational and Humanist, Behaviorist and Neo-behaviorist
Major focus:
In the theory of Self-Determination and in the Transtheoretical Model of Motivation

IV) Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation

V) Motivation in clinical context

VI) Motivation in an organizational context

V) Affects and emotions
1.    Definitions of emotions and affections
2.    Functions of emotions
3.    Specific emotions
4.    Emotional intelligence
5.    Emotional regulation
6.    Emotionally Focused Therapy



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