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Human Motivation (InfoTrac® 1-Semester Instant Access Code) : 6th Edition - Robert E. Franken

Human Motivation (InfoTrac® 1-Semester Instant Access Code)

6th Edition

Book with Other Items Published: 26th May 2006
ISBN: 9780495090816
Number Of Pages: 464

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This Sixth Edition provides a thorough introduction to the basic facts and major theories of human motivation. Throughout the book, the author addresses the types of questions that often arise, such as "Why are some people more organised than others?" and "Why do people dream?" In his exploration of day-to-day human motivation, Franken provides a topical organisation that shows students how biology, learning, and cognition interact with individual differences to produce human behaviour.

New to the Edition

  • This Sixth Edition is thoroughly updated, with chapters 1 - 4 reflecting new citations on related research. Chapter 4 discusses recent findings pertaining to males' greater interest in variety


  • Chapter 5 now offers increased coverage on the evolutionary origins of the prefrontal cortext and the role it plays in ADHD


  • Chapter 6 includes updated content and a new discussion of prefrontal cortex during sleep, as well as coverage of the Compensatory Model of effects following sleep reduction


  • Chapter 7 now discusses the evolutionary origins of the dopaminergic system and how drug addiction is a failure of self-regulation


  • Chapter 8 now contains information on the origins of terrorism so students can relate human motivation to the current world atmosphere


  • Chapter 9 includes new content which links evolutionary psychology to stress and the immune system


  • Chapter 10 has new coverage on the importance of the prefrontal cortex in the expression of emotions, and an emphasis on the role of self-regulation in managing emotions


  • Chapter 11 now discusses the Broaden and Build theory and how resilience develops within individuals. It also discusses the importance of making plans. This chapter also includes new content on the measurement of happiness and the myth of what makes people happy; new coverage on happiness as an adaptive behaviour, and the importance of learning to manage fears in the pursuit of happiness


  • Chapter 12 now contains increased attention on strategies for improving motivation through discussions on the effects of rewards in undermining creativity. It also discusses the importance of challenge


  • Chapter 13 has been extensively revised to reflect current thinking on the nature of competence and integrates that conceptualization with the role of self-regulation in the development of competence


  • Chapter 14 reviews recent thinking and research on the motivation for developing self-esteem and discusses not only the benefits of self-esteem, but the high costs of pursing self-esteem


About the Author

Dr. Robert E. Franken is a professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, with a research focus on better understanding curiosity and exploratory behavior. He is currently living part of the year in Vancouver, British Columbia and part of the year in the Rocky Mountains. Much of his research addresses understanding sensation seekers who are motivated by the need to experience varied, novel, and complex sensations and are willing to take risks in order to experience such.



1. Themes in the Study of Motivation.

2. Components of Motivation.

3. Hunger and Eating.

4. Passion, Love, and Sexual Behaviour.

5. Arousal, Attention, and Peak Performance.

6. Wakefulness, Alertness, Sleep, and Dreams.

7. Drug Use and Drug Addiction.

8. Aggression, Coercive Action, and Anger.

9. Emotions, Stress, and Health.

10. Goal-Incongruent (Negative) Emotions.

11. Goal-Congruent (Positive) Emotions.

12. From Curiosity to Creativity.

13. The Need for Control and Competence.

14. The Self-Concept and Self-Esteem.

ISBN: 9780495090816
ISBN-10: 0495090816
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Book with Other Items
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 26th May 2006
Publisher: Cengage Learning, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 20.8  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.98
Edition Number: 6
Edition Type: Revised

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