In the Atkinson Tradition: The Motivational Function of Emotion

  • Bernard Weiner
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


One might anticipate that the study of motivation and emotion would be intimately linked. In support of this expectation, a psychological journal exists with the title Motivation and Emotion, and psychology courses at times carry this label. But theories of motivation and thoughts about emotion have not been united. Most motivational theories only incorporate the pleasure-pain principle, postulating that individuals strive to increase pleasure and to decrease pain. This is most clearly associated with the conceptions of Freud and Hull, but applies as well to the cognitive theorists such as Tolman and Rotter.


Affective Reaction Achievement Motivation Private Evaluation Class Note Dimensional Classification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Weiner
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  1. 1.University of California at Los AngelesUSA

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