Motivation and volition in the course of action

Anja Achtziger, Peter M. Gollwitzer

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The Rubicon model of behavioral phases distinguishes between four phases: weighing, planning, acting, and evaluating. Each phase instigates different mental states which are conducive to successfully completing the tasks each of them requires. This chapter first provides an overview of the previously studied effects of these mental states during the phases of weighing and planning on cognition and behavior. Subsequently, the chapter will discuss intention theory, differentiating between two types of intentions: goal intentions vs. implementation intentions. Goal intentions represent states or standards an individual wishes to accomplish, while implementation intentions specify the required steps for the realization of the desired goal. The chapter discusses the processes which are initiated when people set these two kinds of intentions as well as empirically documented effects on goal striving. The chapter closes with future perspectives for research on motivation and volition throughout the behavioral phases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMotivation and Action, Third Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages43
ISBN (Electronic)9783319650944
ISBN (Print)9783319650937
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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