PSYC 3405 T - Psychology of Motivation and Emotion

Historical review of the concepts of motivation and emotion. Examination of such current concepts as anxiety, stress and depression, among the emotions, and obesity, sexual behaviour and the need to achieve, among the motivations. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1001 and PSYC 1002.

This course will provide a broad survey of the motivational and emotional factors involved in human behaviour with an emphasis on the various perspectives and theories pertaining to physiological, cognitive, and social needs. This course addresses key questions about what motivates people, why they feel the way they do, and how one person can motivate another. The material will also address topics such as understanding what motivation is, where it comes from, how and why it changes over time, and how motivation can be increased and enhanced. Motivational incentives and theories of emotion will also be explored.

CRN for section T: 21057

CRN for section TOD (optional Video On Demand service): 21058

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Instructor: Brenda Baird

Brenda Baird

About the instructor: Brenda’s storytelling lectures have been described as inspirational, guiding students to assimilate new knowledge with something they can relate to in life and then deeply exploring that view. In this way her lectures speak to the individual so that every student’s interest is captured. A major part of her teaching also involves the development of innovative techniques to transform the traditional classroom into her “pedagogical laboratory”. These innovations are designed to maximize learning for students having different learning styles, challenges and skills, which ultimately provides all students with the optimism and confidence to excel. Brenda has dedicated her career to teaching and course development, but mostly to enriching the student experience and making a difference in the lives of young minds. As testament to her passion and dedication to teaching, Brenda was a recent recipient of the Capital Educators’ Award, which recognizes the outstanding achievement of our local educators.

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