Motivation Towards Closure and Cognitive Resources: An Individual Differences Approach

  • Małgorzata Kossowska
  • Edward Orehek
  • Arie W. Kruglanski
Part of the The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)


Motivation and cognitive ability represent two basic determinants of information processing, influencing the ability to learn new knowledge and to carry out judgment and decision making tasks. However, cognitive and motivational influences on the results of information processing and performance are usually studied separately. On the one hand, numerous studies have investigated the role of cognitive-intellectual abilities in predicting individual differences in task performance. On the other hand, incentives, goal assignments, achievement motivation, expectancies, subjective valuation of outcomes, self-efficacy expectations, and a host of other motivational factors have been shown to influence goal choice, intended effort, task behavior, and mental performance. While the body of literature examining the role of cognitive ability and motivation in task performance is growing (e.g., Mitchell & Silver, 1990; Harris & Tetrick, 1993; Thompson, Roman, Moskowitz, Chaiken, & Bargh, 1994; Muraven & Slessareva, 2003), little research has been conducted on the cognitive processes involved in, and affected by, motivation (but see Kossowska, 2007a, b).


Cognitive Ability Cognitive Load Work Memory Capacity Cognitive Resource Span Task 
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Research was supported by grant MNiSW PB 3557/32 (grant acknowledged to the first author).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Małgorzata Kossowska
    • 1
  • Edward Orehek
    • 2
  • Arie W. Kruglanski
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Psychology, Jagiellonian UniversityCracowPoland
  2. 2.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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