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Human Motivation 6th Edition

Robert E. Franken

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2002, 1998, 1994
  • 480 Pages


This Sixth Edition provides a thorough introduction to the basic facts and major theories of human motivation. Throughout the book, the author addresses the types of questions that often arise, such as "Why are some people more organized than others?" and "Why do people dream?" In his exploration of day-to-day human motivation, Franken provides a topical organization that shows students how biology, learning, and cognition interact with individual differences to produce human behavior.

Robert E. Franken, University of Calgary

Dr. Robert E. Franken is a professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary, with a research focus on better understanding curiosity and exploratory behavior. He is currently living part of the year in Vancouver, British Columbia and part of the year in the Rocky Mountains. Much of his research addresses understanding sensation seekers who are motivated by the need to experience varied, novel, and complex sensations and are willing to take risks in order to experience such.
  • This Sixth Edition is thoroughly updated, with chapters 1 -4 reflecting new citations on related research. Chapter 4 discusses recent findings pertaining to males' greater interest in variety.
  • Chapter 9 includes new content which links evolutionary psychology to stress and the immune system.
  • Chapter 10 has new coverage on the importance of the prefrontal cortex in the expression of emotions, and an emphasis on the role of self-regulation in managing emotions.
  • Chapter 11 now discusses the Broaden and Build theory and how resilience develops within individuals. It also discusses the importance of making plans. This chapter also includes new content on the measurement of happiness and the myth of what makes people happy; new coverage on happiness as an adaptive behavior, and the importance of learning to manage fears in the pursuit of happiness.
  • Chapter 12 now contains increased attention on strategies for improving motivation through discussions on the effects of rewards in undermining creativity. It also discusses the importance of challenge.
  • Chapter 13 has been extensively revised to reflect current thinking on the nature of competence and integrates that conceptualization with the role of self-regulation in the development of competence.
  • Chapter 14 reviews recent thinking and research on the motivation for developing self-esteem and discusses not only the benefits of self-esteem, but the high costs of pursing self-esteem.
  • Chapter 5 now offers increased coverage on the evolutionary origins of the prefrontal cortext and the role it plays in ADHD.
  • Chapter 6 includes updated content and a new discussion of prefrontal cortex during sleep, as well as coverage of the Compensatory Model of effects following sleep reduction.
  • Chapter 7 now discusses the evolutionary origins of the dopaminergic system and how drug addiction is a failure of self-regulation.
  • Chapter 8 now contains information on the origins of terrorism so students can relate human motivation to the current world atmosphere.
  • This is one of the most complete and scholarly based books available in the area of motivation to which students can relate.
  • The book is based on the empirical research of scientists who have found there is a genetic or biological basis, a learned basis, or a thinking or cognitive basis that relates directly to motivation.
  • "Guiding Questions" begin each chapter, chapter summaries, "Practical Application" boxes, and more than 1450 references, all help students to integrate and apply any given chapter's theory, research, and concepts.
1. Themes in the Study of Motivation.
2. Components of Motivation.
3. Hunger and Eating.
4. Passion, Love, and Sexual Behavior.
5. Arousal, Attention, and Peak Performance.
6. Wakefulness, Alertness, Sleep, and Dreams.
7. Drug Use and Drug Addiction.
8. Aggression, Coercive Action, and Anger.
9. Emotions, Stress, and Health.
10. Goal-Incongruent (Negative) Emotions.
11. Goal-Congruent (Positive) Emotions.
12. From Curiosity to Creativity.
13. The Need for Control and Competence.
14. The Self-Concept and Self-Esteem.

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9780495186946
Prepare for classes more quickly and effectively with such resources as web links, in-class activities, chapter outlines, and approximately 50-60 multiple-choice questions.