Motivation Analysis

Motivation Analysis
Nic Pedersen
Psychology 320
January 31, 2011
Pamela Harris

Motivational theory is a rather young field within psychology when compared to other psychological fields of study.   Motivational studies originally focused on the biological motivations of animals over the more current micro-theories of human focused motivations.  
Motivational theories have gone from a few grand theories to branch out mini-theories that study specific types of motivations.   For this paper, I will be focusing on Hull’s grand theory of human motivational and applying hull’s theory to two work experiences.   The following paragraphs will describe if Hull’s grand motivational theory is or is not applicable to two of my personal work experiences.   If the Hull’s grand theory does not explain a work experience, I will make and assessment to create a theoretical model to address the experience and the problems created by not addressing the need for a new theoretical motivational model.

Motivation Analysis
Clark Hull would take Freud’s motivational theory of source, impetus (force), object, aim , and expand on it.   Hull’s new theory can be broken down into a simple formula according to (Johnmarshall, 2009).
sEr = sHr × D or sEr is the strength of behavior (E stands for “excitatory potential”) in the presence of a particular stimulus. sHr is habit strength (i.e., probability of a particular drive-reducing response in the presence of a particular stimulus).3D is drive.
Hull would go onto modify his motivational theory formula to include incentives. According to (Johnmarshall, 2009),” people generally work harder for $50 than they do for $1. Because he recognized that motivation could arise from either internal (D) or external (K) sources, Hull updated his formula as follows: sEr = sHr ×...