Courses of Study 2018-2019 
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Courses of Study 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PSYCH 4840 - [Goals, Needs, and Desires]

Spring. Next Offered: 2019-2020. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Enrollment limited to: 15 students, application required. Co-meets with PSYCH 6840 .

M. Ferguson.

Covers recent social psychological research on human goals and desires. We will examine the meaning and similarity of the constructs of goals, motivation, desires, wants, and needs. Our discussion will extend to the relevant topics of self-control, free will, nonconscious goal pursuit, liking versus wanting, motivation in nonhuman animals, and the development of goals. We will focus on the social psychological literature, but also will consider recent work in cognitive, social neuroscience, and developmental psychology.

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