Curiosity is a genetic human trait

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  • Christian Becker-Carus
  • Mike Wendt
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Chapters 11 and 12 deal with two also classic subject areas of general psychology, which are closely related in terms of experience, but each claim their independence in scientific literature, although there are also overlaps.

After an introduction to the various motivational concepts, Chap. The basic action-controlling functions of biological motivations are presented, especially in the most widely used and thoroughly examined example of hunger motivation and sexuality, and the role of heredity, cognitive and learning factors is discussed. After considering the hierarchy of possible motivations, that of achievement motivation is presented as an exemplary example for the construction of cognitive motivation models.

No matter where we begin the study of psychological processes or phenomena, we must sooner or later deal with the problem of motivation.

(Cofer and Appley 1964)

Curiosity always comes first in a problem that needs to be solved.

(Galileo Galilei)

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