Computer-based motive assessment

Internally funded project

Project Details

Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Oliver Schultheiss

Project members:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Maier
Prof. Dr. Stefan Evert
Dominik Özbe

Contributing FAU Organisations:
Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Psychologie (Motivation, Emotion und Lernen)
Lehrstuhl für Informatik 5 (Mustererkennung)
Lehrstuhl für Korpus- und Computerlinguistik

Start date: 01/01/2016

Research Fields

Motivation, emotion, and learning
Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine Psychologie (Motivation, Emotion und Lernen)

Abstract (technical / expert description):

The standard method of measuring motives -- coding imaginative stories for motivational themes -- places a heavy burden on researchers in terms of the time and the personnel invested in this task. We collaborate with colleagues from lingusitics and computer science on the development of computer-based, automated procedures for assessing implicit motivational needs in written text. To this purpose, we use standard psycholinguistic procedures such as the Lingusitic Inquiry and Word Count software as well as sophisticated pattern recognition approaches.


Schultheiss, O. (2013). Are implicit motives revealed in mere words? Testing the marker-word hypothesis with computer-based text analysis. Frontiers in psychology, 4.

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