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Degree course Second cycle degree in
PS1091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLOGY OF MOTIVATION AND EMOTION
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
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Teacher in charge ANGELICA MOE' M-PSI/01

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 2019 01/10/2019 30/09/2020 MOE' ANGELICA (Presidente)
CAMPANA GIANLUCA (Membro Effettivo)
MALAGUTI ILARIA (Membro Effettivo)
6 2018-1 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 MOE' ANGELICA (Presidente)
CAMPANA GIANLUCA (Membro Effettivo)
MALAGUTI ILARIA (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: It is suggested a preliminary basic knowledge of the theories of motivation and emotions that can be acquired or reviewed on chapter 2 of the book "Psicologia della personalità e delle differenze individuali", Il Mulino, 2014, De Beni, Carretti, Moè e Pazzaglia.

It could be helpful a good method of study characterized by organization and a diluted approach with frequent reviews.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowing the main theories of motivation
Understanding the factors favoring emotions
Knowing the main assesment tools in the field of motivation and emotion
Knowing the main theories and assesment tools to measure motivational and emotional aspects of well-being

Distinguishing and evaluating where applying modalities and strategies to foster motivation and well-being
Selecting the most suitable assessment tools to measure the proper motivation, emotional and wellbeing aspects
Projecting and developping interventions to support in various contexts (educational, clinical settings, working environment) the emotional and motivational components, positive affect and well-being
Understanding the main relations among emotions, motivation and cognitive processes

Distinguishing among various factors causing motivation and emotions
Identify the relationships among motivational aspects and emotions
Taking decisions with awareness on the emotional and motivational aspects to evaluate, considering specific motivational deficits having different causes
Assessing the efficacy of interventions to support motivation, positive affect, and well-being

Being able to report properly the motivational aspects evaluated and fostered, specifying instruments and procedures used
Communicating clearly and effectively the aspects measured
Being able to transmit motivational beliefs

Distinguishing among different goals, values and motivational befiefs
Being able to dishern among the main motivational aspects of behaviour
Examination methods: The exam is written (an hour long) and it includes five open questions. The answers should be short and schematic. Three questions will concern the book 'La motivazione', one 'Motivati si nasce o si diventa?' and one the on-line material. Examples of questions are: 'Describe the theory....', 'Assessment tools for...', 'Ways and instruments to foster..'.
There will be also a further question to choose eventually in place of one of the previous, to favor self-determination, a motivational factor widely considered in the course.
International students can do the exam in English.
Assessment criteria: For each of the 5 questions a score from 0 to 6 will be assigned.

The following aspects will be assessed
a) the relevance of the answer and its completeness
b) the ability to identify the correct technical terms and the authors or names of theories (where appropriate)
c) the skills of synthesis and clear and correct schematization of the contents
d) the identification of correct methods and / or instruments (where required by the question, for example 'Strategies to promote ...').

The sum will be the mark published on uniweb. If some answers will be particularly rich and the mark already equal to thirty will be accorded the distinction of praise.
Course unit contents: Introduction to the course, to the contents and description of the final examination methods (these last shots at the 5th and 9th week)
Definitions and classifications of motivation and emotions
The communicative function of emotions and related theories
Strategies to promote communication and transformation of emotions

The self-determination theory
Development of self-determined motivation
Measuring instruments and modalities of promotion of self-determined motivation

Neurobiology of reward
The dopaminergic and endorphinergic systems
Placebo and nocebo effects motivational components and indications for clinical practice
Classification of specific motivational deficits and indication of measuring instruments

Cultural aspects: theories of values ​​
Motivational and emotional aspects of gender stereotypes
Interventions to reduce the threat of stereotyping

The origin of emotions
The cognitive theories appraisal and coping
The regulation of emotions: exemplification of modalities and their effectiveness in educational contexts

Positive affect: effects and modalities of promotion
Emotions and well-being satisfaction and gratitude
Research and applications to promote wellbeing

Needs and motives: classifications and measure
Evaluate and promote the perception of competence
The flow experience and its development
Strategies for self-motivating

Expectations and goals: theoretical aspects and measure modalities
The implementation of intentions strategies and tools
Promoting resilience

Fostering curiosity and interest
Passion and enthusiasm: effects on learning and deliverying stuyles
Implementing motivating environments and promoting wellbeing

Motivational and emotional aspects of the choice
Strategies to re-motivate after the failure or after a difficulty
Modify dysfunctional beliefs and implicit theories

Resumption of the main contents of the course and the modalities and schemes of intervention to promote motivational and emotional aspects of application examples
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Each lesson will include questions drawn from typical cases (not being able to motivate oneself to begin with, not maintaining motivation, being blocked by unpleasant emotions, not understanding how to promote motivation in the other ...) to be answered on the basis of specific theories that will come hand exposed.
In each lesson will be given indications of tools and practices to motivate provided by the various theoretical approaches.
It will stimulate, through an interactive teaching the identification of links between the various approaches and between the emotional and motivational aspects. exemplified possible exam questions and expected answers.
We will report cases and examples of research with the invitation to estimate the expected results or the most effective procedures that will then be extensively illustrated.
At the end of each lesson will be proposed and completed together a summary of the main points and of the relations between concepts.
Additional notes about suggested reading: In addition to the two books, it is to study the slides that will be published in full, without further addition, online on Moodle, the week before the beginning of the course.
In order to direct the preparation, on Moodle the students will also find a facsimile of task, examples of questions and examples of complete answers, clear and schematic, evaluable with 6 and others less clear and precise.
International students will be given the possibility of agreeing with the teacher an alternative program in English.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Moè, Angelica, La motivazione. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2010. pp. 210 Cerca nel catalogo
  • Moè, Angelica, Motivati si nasce o si diventa?. Roma: Bari, GLF editori Laterza, 2011. pp. 135 Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Questioning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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