Mechanisms of motivation-cognition interaction: Challenges and opportunities

Todd S. Braver, Marie K. Krug, Kimberly S. Chiew, Wouter Kool, J. Andrew Westbrook, Nathan J. Clement, R. Alison Adcock, Deanna M. Barch, Matthew M. Botvinick, Charles S. Carver, Roshan Cools, Ruud Custers, Anthony Dickinson, Carol S. Dweck, Ayelet Fishbach, Peter M. Gollwitzer, Thomas M. Hess, Derek M. Isaacowitz, Mara Mather, Kou MurayamaLuiz Pessoa, Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin, Leah H. Somerville

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Recent years have seen a rejuvenation of interest in studies of motivation-cognition interactions arising from many different areas of psychology and neuroscience. The present issue of Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience provides a sampling of some of the latest research from a number of these different areas. In this introductory article, we provide an overview of the current state of the field, in terms of key research developments and candidate neural mechanisms receiving focused investigation as potential sources of motivation-cognition interaction. However, our primary goal is conceptual: to highlight the distinct perspectives taken by different research areas, in terms of how motivation is defined, the relevant dimensions and dissociations that are emphasized, and the theoretical questions being targeted. Together, these distinctions present both challenges and opportunities for efforts aiming toward a more unified and cross-disciplinary approach. We identify a set of pressing research questions calling for this sort of cross-disciplinary approach, with the explicit goal of encouraging integrative and collaborative investigations directed toward them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-472
Number of pages30
JournalCognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2014


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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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