Dependency factors in relation to recall of dependency material
Schwaab, Edleff Helmut
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This study is an investigation of the relationship between the motivational state of dependency and the recall of dependency material. Recent research has shown increasing interest in need states of individuals and in establishing relationships between need-related stimuli and cognitive behavior. Work by Williams, Wolf, Maccoby, Cohen and Gofstein suggests that facilitation of learning occurs if there is a congruence between a person's motivational state and the cognitive task he is asked to perform. Inhibition of learning can be observed if the need state interacts with inconsonant stimulus material. A systematic investigation of specific need states is still lagging. Studies have examined the drive state of hostility, oral needs, and achievement motives. An implication of their findings is that the relationship between stimulus material and motivation is not confined to the few isolated need states studied but has general validity in the area of learning and motivation. Since relatively little is known about the consistency of the cognition-motivation interdependence, this study attempts to determine whether or not similar expectations can be maintained regarding the motivational state of dependency.[TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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