Unit 4 -Motivation & Emotion


Unit 8 Motivation & Emotion

Module 37

Instincts & Evolutionary Psychology

• Do humans have instincts? Why or why not?

Drives and Incentives

• How do drives and incentives motivate behavior?

Optimum Arousal

• What factors contribute to optimum arousal?

A Hierarchy of Motives

• Are some needs and drives more basic than others?

Module 38

The Physiology of Hunger

• How does our body communicate and cope with hunger?

The Psychology of Hunger

• How does hunger affect our behavior?

Obesity and Weight Control

• How do differences in weight affect behaviour and our interactions with others?

Module 39

The Physiology of Sex

• How does our body respond to sex?

The Psychology of Sex

• How does sex affect behaviour?

Module 40

The Benefits of Belonging

• What are the benefits of belonging?

The Pain of Being Shut Out

• What are the effects of being left out?

Connecting and Social Networking

• How does social connection and networking affect behaviour?

Module 41

Cognition and Emotion

• How are thinking and emotions related?

Embodied Emotion

• How does the body create and respond to emotions?

Module 42

Detecting Emotion in Others

• What cues are important to detecting emotions in others?

Gender, Emotion, and Nonverbal Behavior

• How does gender result in different emotional experiences?

Culture and Emotional Expression

• How does culture result in different emotional experiences?

Module 43

Stress: Some Basic Concepts

• What is stress?

Module 44

Stress and Susceptibility to Disease

• How does stress affect our ability to fight disease?


In this part of the course, students explore biological and social factors that motivate behaviour and biological and cultural factors that influence emotion. AP students in psychology should be able to do the following:

• Identify and apply basic motivational concepts to understand the behavior of humans and other animals (e.g., instincts, incentives, intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation).

• Discuss the biological underpinnings of motivation, including needs, drives, and homeostasis.

• Compare and contrast motivational theories (e.g., drive reduction theory, arousal theory, general adaptation theory), including the strengths and weaknesses of each.

• Describe classic research findings in specific motivation systems (e.g., eating, sex, social)

• Discuss theories of stress and the effects of stress on psychological and physical well-being.

• Compare and contrast major theories of emotion (e.g., James–Lange, Cannon– Bard, Schachter two-factor theory)

• Describe how cultural influences shape emotional expression, including variations in body language.

• Identify key contributors in the psychology of motivation and emotion (e.g., William James, Alfred Kinsey, Abraham Maslow, Stanley Schachter, Hans Selye).

Unit Videos







Crash Course #17 - The Power of Motivation

Crash Course #25 Feeling All the Feels

Crash Course #26 - Emotion, Stress and Health

Unit 8 - Module 41 Theories of Emotion.mp4
What Drives Us to Eat - Influence of Hunger & Appetite.mp4
Unit 8 - Module 38 The Hormones of Hunger.mp4
Understanding Hunger Physical & Psychological Factors - Video & Lesson Transcript Study.com.mp4
Unit 8 - Module 44 Type A and Type B People.mp4
Unit 8 - Module 43 Hans Selye- General Adaptation Syndrome.mp4
Unit 8 - Module 37 Theories of Motivation.mp4
08=Richard Lazaruss Theory of Stress Appraisal.mp4
07-Psychology Research on Type A & Type B Personalities.mp4
Inside Out_ Emotional Theory Comes Alive.mp4
Stress, Portrait of a Killer - Full Documentary (2008).mp4
06-Positive Psychology Optimism, Self-Efficacy & Happiness.mp4
03-Theories of Emotion James-Lange, Cannon-Bard, Two-Factor & Facial Feedback Hypothesis.mp4
02-Categories of Emotion 6 Basic Emotions, Oppositional Pairs & Biology.mp4
01-Emotions in Psychology Definition, Biological Components & Survival.mp4
05-Understanding Stress Eustress, Distress & Coping Strategies.mp4
04-Fight or Flight Response Definition, Physiology & Examples.mp4