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PSY 355 Week 1 DQ 2.




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Now that we have discussed the concept of internal and external sources of motivation, I would
like to pose the following question: Do internal and external sources need to be complementary
in order for motivation to occur? Please post a response to this message.
To further our discussion a bit more, please answer the following questions: Do you believe it is
possible to motivate a student to obtain an “A” grade if he or she does not value an “A” grade
more than a “C” grade? Why or why not?
There is definitely a link between internal and external sources of motivation. Internal sources of
motivation can include biological (thirst, hunger etc.) and psychological variables. An external
source of motivation can include incentives or goals that an individual seeks to achieve. Internal
and external sources of motivation rely heavily upon one another when it comes to encouraging
and individual to achieve a goal or seek out some other form of fulfillment. Deckers (2010)
states that, “the push/pull metaphor of motivation suggests that internal and external sources
combine to motivate behavior in both animals and humans.”
I do believe that it would be possible to motivate a student to obtain an “A” grade even if they do
not value anything higher than a “C” grade. This is where external incentive would come into
play. If this student were to be given some sort of reward they would be more motivated to
achieve the “A” grade. While they may lack internal motivation, the external motivation would
at least spark some encouragement within them, although the level of motivation would be much
higher if there were both internal and external sources.
Deckers, L. (2010). Motivation: Biological, Psychological, and Environmental (3rd ed.). Boston:
Pearson/Allyn & Bacon

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Excellent resource! Really helped me get the gist of things.