The Role of Motivation in Rehabilitation

  • Murry G. Mutchnick
Part of the Human Neuropsychology book series (HN)


The rehabilitation of cognitive disabilities involves active participation in what are often long, tedious and repetitive activities. Thus, it becomes very evident that a great deal of effort and cooperation is required of the patient. Motivation, therefore, is a very important factor in achieving successful rehabilitation (Anderson, Bourestom, & Greenberg, 1970; Fogel & Rosillo, 1969, 1971a, 1971b; Rabinowitz, 1961; Wepman, 1953). Unfortunately, this same population may also experience decreased motivation that is a direct and/or indirect consequence of their injury. (Brinkman, 1979). Wepman (1953) explains the necessity of a patient’s motivation:

...mere stimulation of a neural system which is physiologically capable of functioning is not enough, for it is evident clinically that a psychological state of readiness must also exist before maximal learning of the formation of new, operative neural integrations are possible. (p. 10)


Frontal Lobe Vocational Rehabilitation Achievement Motivation Severe Brain Injury Motivational Problem 
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