Advances in Motivation Science - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128005125, 9780128005989

Advances in Motivation Science, Volume 1

1st Edition

Authors: Andrew Elliot
eBook ISBN: 9780128005989
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128005125
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 31st October 2014
Page Count: 286
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Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors
  • Preface
  • Chapter One. Parochial Cooperation in Humans: Forms and Functions of Self-Sacrifice in Intergroup Conflict
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Origins and Orchestration of Parochial Cooperation
    • 3. Parochial Cooperation Rests on In-Group Love More Than on Out-Group Hate
    • 4. Indirect Reciprocity and Reputation
    • 5. Parochialism is More Prominent among Prosocial Individuals
    • 6. Parochialism is Sustained by Hypothalamic Oxytocin
    • 7. Discussion and Research Agenda
    • 8. Coda
  • Chapter Two. Affective Consequences of Intentional Action Control
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Selection and Affective Devaluation
    • 3. Underlying Mechanisms of Distractor Devaluation
    • 4. Interference and Affective Devaluation
    • 5. Consequences of Distractor Devaluation
    • 6. Conclusion
  • Chapter Three. Terror Management Theory and Research: How the Desire for Death Transcendence Drives Our Strivings for Meaning and Significance
    • 1. The Roots of TMT and Research
    • 2. The Core of TMT and Research
    • 3. The Many Branches of TMT and Research
    • 4. How Death Relates to Other Types of Threats
    • 5. The Positive Potential of Terror Management
    • 6. All Leaves Must Fall
  • Chapter Four. “Happiness” and “The Good Life” as Motives Working Together Effectively
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Happiness as Desire-Satisfaction
    • 3. Beyond Pleasure and Pain
    • 4. Beyond Value
    • 5. Beyond Maximization
    • 6. Effective Organization of Motives
    • 7. Implications of the “Good Life” as the EOM
    • 8. Final Comment
  • Chapter Five. Ideological Differences in Epistemic Motivation: Implications for Attitude Structure, Depth of Information Processing, Susceptibility to Persuasion, and Stereotyping
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Ideological Symmetries and Asymmetries in Motivated Reasoning
    • 3. A Theory of Political Ideology as Motivated Social Cognition
    • 4. Are There Ideological Asymmetries in Attitude Structure?
    • 5. Are There Ideological Asymmetries in Susceptibility and Resistance to Different Types of Persuasive Influence?
    • 6. Are There Ideological Asymmetries in Reliance on Stereotypical Cues?
    • 7. Concluding Remarks
  • Chapter Six. Neurobiological Concomitants of Motivational States
    • 1. Introduction
    • 2. Biological Systems Underlying Motivational States: Mood Rings, Tea Leaves, and Psychophysiology
    • 3. Moderators of Motivational States
    • 4. Summary
  • Index


Elsevier are proud to introduce our brand new serial, Advances in Motivation Science. The topic of motivation has traditionally been one of the mainstays of the science of psychology. It played a major role in early dynamic and Gestalt models of the mind and it was fundamental to behaviorist theories of learning and action. The advent of the cognitive revolution in the 1960 and 70s eclipsed the emphasis on motivation to a large extent, but in the past two decades motivation has returned en force. Today, motivational analyses of affect, cognition, and behavior are ubiquitous across psychological literatures and disciplines; motivation is not just a “hot topic” on the contemporary scene, but is firmly entrenched as a foundational issue in scientific psychology. This volume brings together internationally recognized experts focusing on cutting edge theoretical and empirical contributions in this important area of psychology.

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  • Elsevier's brand new serial focusing on the field of motivation science and research
  • Provides an overview of important research programs conducted by the most respected scholars in psychology
  • Special attention on directions for future research


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About the Authors

Andrew Elliot Author

Andrew J. Elliot is Professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994. His research areas include achievement motivation, approach-avoidance motivation, the development of motivation and self-regulation, and subtle cue and context effects on psychological functioning. He has been (or currently is) an Associate Editor at Emotion, Journal of Personality, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Science, and Social and Personality Psychology Compass, and has edited two handbooks: Handbook of competence and motivation (with Carol Dweck) and Handbook of approach and avoidance motivation. He has over 170 scholarly publications, has received research grants from public and private agencies, and has been awarded multiple awards for his research contributions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Psychology, University of Rochester, NY, USA