Uses of the Computer in Motivational Psychology

  • Virginia Blankenship
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


In this chapter I will illustrate three uses of the computer in motivational research: (a) simulation for hypothesis generation; (b) presentation of stimuli for empirical testing of those hypotheses; and (c) modelling of empirical results for parameter estimation. My research program combines the Atkinson and Birch (1970) dynamics of action model and classical achievement motivation theory (Atkinson, 1957; Atkinson & Feather, 1966) and Lewinian level of aspiration theory (Lewin, Dembo, Festinger, & Sears, 1944).


Difficulty Level Achievement Motivation Difficult Condition Typical Shift Easy Condition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginia Blankenship
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  1. 1.Oakland UniversityUSA

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