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The Psychology of Purpose: Exploring the Role of Purpose and Intrinsic Motivation

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dc.contributor.advisor Arkin, Robert
dc.creator Fryer, Ashley
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-03T16:20:30Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-03T16:20:30Z
dc.date.issued 2012-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/53206
dc.description.abstract This study explores the role of purpose as a motivator. Undergraduate students (N=54) were compared based on their self-reported levels of enjoyment, long-term motivation, and their levels of purpose in response to an inherently enjoyable task. I hypothesized that when purpose was present in an intrinsically motivated task people would experience increased engagement, positive affect and long-term motivation for their actions. Behavioral observations, including a measure of time-on-task, provided support for the hypothesis that purpose contributed to motivation above and beyond intrinsic motivation. However, some of the other measures did not yield significant findings, providing only mixed support for the idea. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Ohio State University en_US
dc.relation Academic Major: Psychology en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Ohio State University. Department of Psychology Undergraduate Research Theses; 2012 en_US
dc.subject Psychology en_US
dc.subject Purpose en_US
dc.subject Motivation en_US
dc.title The Psychology of Purpose: Exploring the Role of Purpose and Intrinsic Motivation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.embargo No embargo en_US