Theoretical status of motivation

We all take motivation for granted, but what is motivation? Despite our lab’s goal of understanding motivation, we believe that motivation is simply a mental category that people subjectively construct from our subjective experiences, and thus does not exist in our mental processes themselves. We aim to reformulate various motivational constructs in the field from this theoretical perspective.

Key words: Naïve theories, dynamic systems, philosophy of mind

Murayama, K. (2021). Motivation resides only in our language, not in our mental processes. In M. Bong, S. Kim, and J. Reeve (Eds). Motivation Science: Controversies and Insights. Oxford University Press.