Information-Processing Theories

  • Edward L. Deci
  • Richard M. Ryan
Part of the Perspectives in Social Psychology book series (PSPS)

Abstract

Cognitive theories are generally organized in terms of the processing of information and have frequently used the flow chart as a tool for explication. When applied to the study of motivated behavior they are often referred to as expectancy theories, for they are based on the assumption that people’s behavior is a function of their expectations about achieving desired outcomes. By processing information about behavior-outcome relationships, people are said to form expectations and make decisions about what behaviors to engage in.

Keywords

Sugar Hull Hunt Nism Tray 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward L. Deci
    • 1
  • Richard M. Ryan
    • 1
  1. 1.University of RochesterRochesterUSA

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