Research Project Title

The Effects of Expected Motivation on Actual Motivation

Session Type

Traditional Paper Presentation

Research Project Abstract

Motivation is the drive humans experience to accomplish tasks. Academic motivation was specifically studied in this research, which is an internal process that instigates and sustains activities aimed at achieving specific academic goals. How much more motivation do students experience, and how much more effort do they expend if they fully believe that they are doing something specific to increase their own motivation? The original study consisted of 47 participants from Whitworth University. Each completed a breathing activity for three days and were tested and scored for academic motivation before and after the activity period. The breathing activity served as a placebo tool because the experimental group was told that it would increase their motivation for school, while the control group was not told a purpose. We predicted that the expectation for motivation will have an increasing effect on the actual motivation experienced by a student.

Session Number

RS2

Location

Weyerhaeuser 204

Abstract Number

RS2-c

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The Effects of Expected Motivation on Actual Motivation

Weyerhaeuser 204

Motivation is the drive humans experience to accomplish tasks. Academic motivation was specifically studied in this research, which is an internal process that instigates and sustains activities aimed at achieving specific academic goals. How much more motivation do students experience, and how much more effort do they expend if they fully believe that they are doing something specific to increase their own motivation? The original study consisted of 47 participants from Whitworth University. Each completed a breathing activity for three days and were tested and scored for academic motivation before and after the activity period. The breathing activity served as a placebo tool because the experimental group was told that it would increase their motivation for school, while the control group was not told a purpose. We predicted that the expectation for motivation will have an increasing effect on the actual motivation experienced by a student.