Motivation, emotion, and learning

Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Psychologie (Motivation, Emotion und Lernen)


This research area focuses on the roles of emotion and affect in the context of motivation and learning. We conceive of emotions as signals that motivated actors send to others, but that they also respond to when they perceive them in others, to attain affectively charged incentives. We conceive of affect as the immediate, "knee-jerk" hedonic response upon encountering positive and negative incentives. We study these processes using observational methods (FACS coding, computer-based emotion recognition), psychophysiological methods (e.g., electromyography, cardiovascular assessment), and methods for tracking instrumental learning Pavlovian conditioning, and episodic memory.

Related Project(s)

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Development and validation of a measure of sexual motivation
Prof. Dr. Oliver Schultheiss
Implicit motives' effect on attentional orienting and associated learning processes
Kevin Janson; Prof. Dr. Oliver Schultheiss
Measuring motives in movies
Prof. Dr. Oliver Schultheiss; Carola Walther
Computer-based motive assessment
Prof. Dr. Oliver Schultheiss
Motivational functions of facial expressions of emotion for senders and perceivers“
Dr. Andreas Rösch; Prof. Dr. Oliver Schultheiss
(01/02/2010 - 31/01/2013)

Assigned publications

Donhauser, P., Rösch, A., & Schultheiss, O. (2015). The implicit need for power predicts recognition speed for dynamic changes in facial expressions of emotion. Motivation and Emotion, 39(5), 714-721.
Schultheiss, O., & Köllner, M. (2014). Implicit motives and the development of competencies: A virtuous-circle model of motive-driven learning. In R. Pekrun & L. Linnenbrink-Garcia (Eds.), International handbook of emotions in education. (pp. 73-95). Taylor & Francis/Routledge: New York, NY.
Kordik, A., Schultheiss, O., & Eska, K. (2012). Implicit need for affiliation is associated with increased corrugator activity in a non-positive, but not in a positive social interaction. Journal of research in personality, 46(5), 604–608.

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