What is motivation?

  • (noun): The psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior.
    Example: "We did not understand his motivation"
    Synonyms: motive, need
    See also — Additional definitions below

Motivation

Motivation is the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal and elicits, controls, and sustains certain goal directed behaviors. For instance: An individual has not eaten, he or she feels hungry, and as a response he or she eats and diminishes feelings of hunger. There are many approaches to motivation: physiological, behavioural, cognitive, and social.

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Some articles on motivation:

Motivation - Applications - Games
... Motivational models are central to game design, because without motivation a player will not be interested in progressing further within a game ... Several models for gameplay motivations have been proposed, including Richard Bartle's ... Jon Radoff has proposed a four-quadrant model of gameplay motivation that includes cooperation, competition, immersion and achievement ...
Anselm Of Canterbury - Biography - Conflicts With King Henry I - Motivation
... Vaughn reads Anselm's motivation in the lay investiture conflict as advancing the interests of the see of Canterbury, rather than those of the Church at large ...
Mr. Motivation - Plot
... Motivation to boost his self-confidence ... Motivation appears to be a cheesy toy with cheesy phrases, until it says a phrase, out loud, that helps Charlie ask his co-worker Linda out on a date ... Motivation talk, throws him down a garbage chute ...

More definitions of "motivation":

  • (noun): The condition of being motivated.
    Example: "His motivation was at a high level"
  • (noun): The act of motivating; providing incentive.
    Synonyms: motivating

Famous quotes containing the word motivation:

    Self-determination has to mean that the leader is your individual gut, and heart, and mind or we’re talking about power, again, and its rather well-known impurities. Who is really going to care whether you live or die and who is going to know the most intimate motivation for your laughter and your tears is the only person to be trusted to speak for you and to decide what you will or will not do.
    June Jordan (b. 1939)