Dynamics and Motivation Psychology (2007/2008)

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Course code
4S00762
Name of lecturer
Anna Maria Meneghini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
8
Academic sector
M-PSI/07 - DYNAMIC PSYCHOLOGY
Language of instruction
Italian
Location
VERONA
Period
Sem. I A, Sem. I B

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course aims at introducing students to the study of motivation and emotions, as psychological functions regulating human behaviour. Knowing the basic concepts in these fields will help the students to understand the role of affectivity in human behavior. Moreover, the course will also focus on the relationship between “inner” and “outer” world, seen through Solms & Turnbull’s perspective; special attention will be given (a) to what the psycoanalytic and the neuroscientific approaches may have in common with reference to the science of mind and (b) to how they may both contribute to shedding light on human emotions and motivation.

Syllabus

Course topics:
•Dynamic psychology and motivational systems
•Istincts, drives, needs and the person-environment relationship
•Motivation and motive: Achievement motivation, Leadership motivation and Affiliation motivation
•Intrinsic motivation: the Flow experience and Sensation seeking
•Volition and Decision making
•Implicit motives and Self-attributed motives
•Motivation assessment
•Subjective wellbeing and positive emotions: fitting motives and goals
•The “inner world” and “outer world” relation in accordance with Solms & Turnbull’s perspective
•Emotions and motivation as interdependent concepts
•Feelings and emotion expressions; basic notions about emotions’ fisiology; main theories about emotions
•Emotions and motivation: basic notions about new researches in neurosciences.

Testi per l’esame:
A) Bibliographic references for attending students (minimum 20 lessons):
1.Rheinberg F., Psicologia della motivazione, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2003 (second ed.).
2.Solms M., Turnbull, O., Il cervello e il mondo interno. Introduzione alle neuroscienze dell’esperienza soggettiva, Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano, 2004 (chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10).
Besides lesson notes, attending students will be supplied with (optional) further reading texts concerning the topics dealt with during the course.

B) Bibliographic references for non-attending students (less than 20 lessons):
1.Rheinberg F., Psicologia della motivazione, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2003 (second ed.).
2.Solms M., Turnbull, O., Il cervello e il mondo interno. Introduzione alle neuroscienze dell’esperienza soggettiva, Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano, 2004 (chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10).
3.D'Urso, V., Trentin, R. (1998). Introduzione alla psicologia delle emozioni, Laterza, Bari (chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7).

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam.