Motivational psychology

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The motivational psychology is a branch of psychology that direction, stamina and potency (intensiveness) of behavior investigated. Although aspects of differential and developmental psychology play a major role in motivational psychology , the discipline is often assigned to management and thus to applied psychology .

There is particularly strong research into the motivations responsible for behavior that is expected to produce a positive result. Three concepts have been developed for these motives: the concept of instincts, drives and incentives.

See also


  • Rheinberg, Falko: Motivation , Kohlhammer, 5th edition, Stuttgart 2004
  • Rheinberg, Falko: Purpose and activity - motivational psychological analyzes for the reason for action , Verlag für Psychologie Hogrefe, Göttingen 1989.
  • Rudolph, Udo: motivational psychology . BeltzPVU 2003