Share this article:


  • Join our comunity:

Advances in Motivation – Free Chapter Downloads

By: , Posted on: February 23, 2017

Advances in Motivation Science

In 2014, Elsevier launched a new series in the psychology portfolio, Advances in Motivation Science.  Series Editor Andrew J. Elliot’s goal was to produce a yearly volume in the series  that includes a broad scope of engaging articles that overview research programs conducted by some of the most respected scholars in the field.

Motivation research has long been and continues to be integral to the scientific study of psychology, and this series has become the place to go for literature reviews of the most important work being conducted in the field.

We are pleased to offer you a look at the first volume by offering you a complementary download of the chapters:

Chapter 1: Parochial Cooperation in Humans: Forms and Functions of Self-Sacrifice in Intergroup Conflict, by Carsten K.W. De Dreu, Daniel Balliet, & Nir Halevy

Building on evolutionary perspectives and models, we propose that humans evolved a capacity for parochial cooperation. This entails both in-group love: the tendency to cooperate with and extend trust towards others that are similar, that are familiar rather than unfamiliar, and that belong to one’s own group, and out-group hate: a willingness to fight against rivaling out-groups.

Chapter 2: Affective Consequences of Intentional Action Control, by Peter M. Gollwitzer, Torsten Martiny-Hünger & Gabriele Oettingen

In the first part of the article, we review research showing the affective devaluation of objects that are in conflict with intended actions (i.e., the distractor devaluation effect); devaluation here refers to more negative (or less positive) evaluations of distracting stimuli after episodes of intentional selection (i.e., intentionally responding to certain stimuli in a way that requires ignoring distractors). In the second part of the article, we turn to the potential downstream consequences of distractor devaluation.

Chapter 3: Terror Management Theory and Research: How the Desire for Death Transcendence Drives Our Strivings for Meaning and Significance, Jeff Greenberg, Kenneth Vail & Tom Pyszczynski

Science tells us that humans are merely animals that evolved to survive long enough to reproduce and care for offspring before dying. Yet people want to have lives that are meaningful and significant. To manage this potential, cultural worldviews have been constructed to imbue life with meaning and with possibilities for individuals to attain enduring significance. We briefly summarize the roots and core of terror management theory, and overview branches of research pertinent to politics, religion, love, family, health, and neuroscience.

Chapter 4: Happiness” and “The Good Life” as Motives Working Together Effectively, by E. Tory Higgins, James F.M. Cornwell & Becca Franks

By applying principles of motivation science, we construct an alternative theory of the good life that emphasizes the importance of people having an effective organization of their value, truth, and control motives (Higgins, 2012).

Chapter 5: Ideological Differences in Epistemic Motivation: Implications for Attitude Structure, Depth of Information Processing, Susceptibility to Persuasion, and Stereotyping, by John T. Jost & Margarita Krochik

In an extended elaboration of the theory of political ideology as motivated social cognition (Jost, Glaser, Kruglansi, & Sulloway, 2003a), we describe ideological differences in epistemic motivation and their consequences for attitude structure, depth of information processing, susceptibility to persuasion, and stereotyping.

Chapter 6: Neurobiological Concomitants of Motivational States, by Wendy Berry Mendes & Jiyoung Park

The goals of this chapter are to review various biological systems that are concomitant with distinct motivational states, and to examine overlap with and distinctions between conceptual cousins of motivation, namely emotion and stress. We then turn to moderators of the link between motivational states and neurobiology, such as context, developmental factors, and social-cultural environments. In so doing, we offer important constraints to links between motivation and neurobiology.

To read additional chapters from the other volumes, visit ScienceDirect today.



Researchers and clinicians in psychology work across a vast array of sub-disciplines, including applied psychology, addictions, cognitive psychology, developmental and educational psychology, experimental physiological psychology, forensic psychology, neuropsychology, and behavioral and cognitive therapy. For these professionals, and students as well, cross-disciplinary study is a given. For more than 75 years, Elsevier has cultivated portfolios of psychology books, eBooks, and journals covering current and critical issues in all of these areas. This vital content provides a sound basis of understanding for all those involved in this multi-faceted field.