Motivation and personality: A neuropsychological perspective

Corr, Philip, DeYoung, Colin G. and McNaughton, Neil (2013) Motivation and personality: A neuropsychological perspective. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7 (3). pp. 158-175.

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Personality is strongly influenced by motivation systems that organise responses to rewards and punishments and that drive approach and avoidance behavior. Neuropsychological research has identified: (a) two avoidance systems, one related to pure active avoidance and escape, and one to passive avoidance and behavioral inhibition produced by goal-conflict; and (b) two approach systems, one related to the actions of reward seeking and one to experience and behavior related to pleasure on receiving reward. These systems mediate fluid moment-by-moment reactions to changing stimuli, with relatively stable person-specific sensitivities to these stimuli manifested in personality traits. We review what is known about these motivational traits, integrating the theory-driven approach based on animal learning paradigms with the empirical tradition of the Big Five personality model.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Julie Frith
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2013 14:59
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2023 15:30
DOI: 10.1111/spc3.12016

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