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Mechanisms of motivation–cognition interaction: challenges and opportunities

  • Todd S. Braver
  • Marie K. Krug
  • Kimberly S. Chiew
  • Wouter Kool
  • J. Andrew Westbrook
  • Nathan J. Clement
  • R. Alison Adcock
  • Deanna M. Barch
  • Matthew M. Botvinick
  • Charles S. Carver
  • Roshan Cools
  • Ruud Custers
  • Anthony Dickinson
  • Carol S. Dweck
  • Ayelet Fishbach
  • Peter M. Gollwitzer
  • Thomas M. Hess
  • Derek M. Isaacowitz
  • Mara Mather
  • Kou Murayama
  • Luiz Pessoa
  • Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin
  • Leah H. Somerville
  • for the MOMCAI group
Article

Abstract

Recent years have seen a rejuvenation of interest in studies of motivation–cognition interactions arising from many different areas of psychology and neuroscience. The present issue of Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience provides a sampling of some of the latest research from a number of these different areas. In this introductory article, we provide an overview of the current state of the field, in terms of key research developments and candidate neural mechanisms receiving focused investigation as potential sources of motivation–cognition interaction. However, our primary goal is conceptual: to highlight the distinct perspectives taken by different research areas, in terms of how motivation is defined, the relevant dimensions and dissociations that are emphasized, and the theoretical questions being targeted. Together, these distinctions present both challenges and opportunities for efforts aiming toward a more unified and cross-disciplinary approach. We identify a set of pressing research questions calling for this sort of cross-disciplinary approach, with the explicit goal of encouraging integrative and collaborative investigations directed toward them.

Keywords

Cognitive control Aging Development Dopamine Reward 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Todd S. Braver
    • 1
  • Marie K. Krug
    • 1
  • Kimberly S. Chiew
    • 2
  • Wouter Kool
    • 3
  • J. Andrew Westbrook
    • 1
  • Nathan J. Clement
    • 2
  • R. Alison Adcock
    • 2
  • Deanna M. Barch
    • 1
  • Matthew M. Botvinick
    • 3
  • Charles S. Carver
    • 4
  • Roshan Cools
    • 5
  • Ruud Custers
    • 6
  • Anthony Dickinson
    • 7
  • Carol S. Dweck
    • 8
  • Ayelet Fishbach
    • 9
  • Peter M. Gollwitzer
    • 10
  • Thomas M. Hess
    • 11
  • Derek M. Isaacowitz
    • 12
  • Mara Mather
    • 13
  • Kou Murayama
    • 14
  • Luiz Pessoa
    • 15
  • Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin
    • 16
  • Leah H. Somerville
    • 17
  • for the MOMCAI group
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWashington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Center for Cognitive NeuroscienceDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA
  5. 5.Radboud University Nijmegen Medical CenterNijmegenThe Netherlands
  6. 6.Cognitive, Perceptual, and Brain SciencesUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  7. 7.Experimental PsychologyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  8. 8.Department of PsychologyStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  9. 9.Booth School of BusinessUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  10. 10.Department of PsychologyNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  11. 11.Department of PsychologyNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  12. 12.Department of PsychologyNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  13. 13.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  14. 14.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ReadingReadingUK
  15. 15.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  16. 16.Department of PsychologyYale UniversityNew HavenUSA
  17. 17.Department of PsychologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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