Motivation and Efficiency of Cognitive Performance

  • William Revelle
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


It is fitting in a book written in honor of Jack Atkinson’s lifelong contribution to the study of personality and human motivation to consider the motivational determinants of cumulative achievement. In this chapter I will show how parts of the theoretical framework outlined by Atkinson can be filled in to answer the question of what determines cumulative achievement. Figure 1 (adapted from Atkinson and Birch, 1978) gives an overview of the richness of Atkinson’s theory, and will serve as an outline of this chapter.


Short Term Memory Action Tendency Achievement Motivation Motivational Strength Geometric Analogy 
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  • William Revelle
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  1. 1.Northwestern UniversityUSA

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