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Prof. Cianci - General Psychology - Spring 2019: Motivation/Emotion Paper #3

Your Assignment

Discuss the relationship between motivation and emotion. How do these concepts influence each other? What misconceptions do we have about how important or influential emotions are in our decision making?

Research and Writing Process

Build basics/foundations for your paper.  What are the building blocks? Consider starting by defining your critical ideas: motivation and emotions. Do I mean a dictionary definition? Not really. 

Find an article or section in a reference book or ebook that discusses the critical ideas. Read about motivation and emotions - being sure to go beyond what your textbook says. Your goal is to understand each of these ideas well enough to compare and contrast them, to discuss them as they might be related or interrelated. 

Begin thinking about your thesis. What claim might you be able to make about the links between motivation and emotions? Remember this is a working thesis that you can revise again and again until your paper is finalized.

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a great place to find foundation articles about psychology topics.

Next find articles in magazines and/or journals that expand upon what you have already learned. Are there statistics, surveys, examples, or case studies that might provide you with details to support your thesis? Are there authors who agree with you and the claim you are making in your thesis?  Are there authors who other perspectives? 


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