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The Anatomy of Achievement Motivation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483230436, 9781483271729

The Anatomy of Achievement Motivation

1st Edition

Author: Heinz Heckhausen
Editor: Brendan A. Maher
eBook ISBN: 9781483271729
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1967
Page Count: 236
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The Anatomy of Achievement Motivation focuses on the study of individual differences in motivations, including the determinants of specific motives and methods of assessing motive strength. The book first offers information on content analysis and evaluative dispositions, as well as the theory of thematic apperception method, experimental method, and sociocultural frames of references and their change over historical time. The manuscript then highlights the important dimensions of experience and conflict. The publication takes a look at the general structure of goals and performance and valence and motive arousal, including psychic distance and discrepancy between a present and a future state. The book then examines goal setting and level of aspiration, performance period, and the origin and development of achievement motivation. The manuscript is a dependable reference for psychologists and readers interested in the facets of achievement motivation.

Table of Contents






Chapter I. Introduction


Chapter II. Content Analysis

I. Early Research

II. Theory of the Thematic Apperception Method

III. Experimental Method

IV. Validation

V. Reliability

Chapter III. Evaluative Dispositions (Value Attitudes)

I. Indicators

II. Area of Generalization

III. Sociocultural Frames of References and Their Change Over Historical Time

IV. Value Systems and Subsystems

Chapter IV. Important Dimensions of Experience

I. Focus of the Person-Environment Relationship

II. Time Perspective and the Nature of the Experience of Time

III. Levels of Reality

Chapter V. Conflict

I. Expectation of Failure

II. Risk-Taking

III. Resolution of Conflict after Failure

IV. Conflicts with Other Motives

Chapter VI. The General Structure of Goals and Performance


Chapter VII. Foreperiod: Valence and Motive Arousal

I. Discrepancy between a Present and a Future State

II. Psychic Distance between a Present and a Future State

Chapter VII. Goal Setting and Level of Aspiration

I. Definitions

II. Results and Theoretical Review

III. Relationship of Goal Setting to Motivation

Chapter IX. The Performance Period

I. Activation

II. Feedback about Success and Failure

III. Endurance and Persistence

Chapter X . The Postperformance Period

I. Release from the Task

II. Zeigarnik Effect

III. Retrospective Judgment of Success

Chapter XI. Accomplishments

I. Motivation and Intelligence

II. Achievement in School and College

III. Other Types of Accomplishment

Chapter XII. Origin and Development of Achievement Motivation

I. Precursors and First Appearance

II. General Course of Development

III. Individual Differences: Parental Influences

IV. Effects of Family Structure

V. Effects of the Sociocultural Milieu

VI. Changes in Adulthood

Chapter XIII. Concluding Remarks



Author Index

Subject Index


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1st January 1967
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About the Author

Heinz Heckhausen

About the Editor

Brendan A. Maher

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