Dynamics and Motivation Psychology (2016/2017)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Anna Maria Meneghini
Anna Maria Meneghini
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
Sem. IA (31.10.16 sosp.lezioni), Sem. IB

Lesson timetable

Learning outcomes

The course aims to introduce 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 various motivational factors and in particular of affectivity in human behavior. Moreover, the course will also focus on the importance of these factors in various situations, in order to shed light on possible strategies to improve the motivational state.


Course topics:
Dynamic psychology with the main focus on motivational systems.
Biological and cultural aspects of motivation.
Needs and the theories of needs.
Goals, the perceptions of competence, making decisions and choices.
Extrinsic motivation, intrinsic motivation and the degrees of autonomy in motivation.
Emotions and motivation as interdependent concepts.
Subjective wellbeing and positive emotions: fitting motives and goals.
Feelings, emotion expressions and behavioral tendencies of emotions.
Emotions and memory: how feelings elicited by past events might affect future personal choices.
The regulation of emotion.
The social sharing of emotions: why do people share their feelings.
Motivation assessment.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Moè A. La motivazione Il Mulino 2010 9788815138552
Bellelli G. Le ragioni del cuore. Psicologia delle emozioni Il mulino 2008 9788815127778
Jervis G. Psicologia dinamica Il Mulino 2001 9788815082343 Solo capitoli 1, 3, 4

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam with three open questions. The aim of these questions is to assess the students’ knowledge of the subjects described in the books/chapters listed in the syllabus. The final mark will be the mean score of the evaluations of the student’s responses to the three questions expressed in thirtieths. The assessment methods and criteria will be the same for attending and non-attending students.