The two topics that comprise this chapter have long histories in psychology. One way to assess interest in these topics is to look at the place they have held and currently hold in the undergraduate psychology curriculum. On one hand, course offerings on motivation seem to be declining; teachers and researchers have incorporated some topics subsumed under the word motivation within the increasing number of courses in behavioral neuroscience. On the other hand, there appears to be growing interest in the topic of emotion, with courses on the topic being offered as well as a number of special topics-related courses such as the psychology of fear. Certainly, the relatively new (historically speaking) “positive psychology” movement has focused more attention on ...
Motivation and Emotion
Motivation and emotion