Motivation

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    Do What You Cant!

    One of my favorite motivational videos in the past few years. This video from Casey Neistat inspired Youtuber’s across the globe. Do what you can’t!

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    Dealing With The Shame of Unemployment

    Being unemployed can be a very stressful situation, especially if you have people depending on you like a spouse and children. One of the most difficult aspects of unemployment besides dealing with uncertainty of where future employment will be secured is the doubt that creeps in about your worth. Men in particular are affected by the emotional strain unemployment brings. …

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    Mini Gary Vee

    You can do it! What happens when you plant a kid in front of the Gary Vaynerchuk channel on Youtube? You just might end up with somone who believes that anything is possible.    

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  • What is Homeostasis?

    In this short lecture clip, Davaid A. Singer discusses homeostasis in very simple terms. What is homeostasis, and why is it necessary to our survival? How does the body remain balanced despite changes in weather? How does the body adjust when processes are out of balance?

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  • Jack LaLanne Incentive

    Jack LaLanne is an American fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert who has been called “the godfather of fitness.” In this clip, he tells the story of an overweight student (George) he went to high school with. What is an incentive? Is his example of an incentive a good one? What are push versus pull theories? What is the difference between…

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  • Four Theories of Motivation

    The first half of this clip presents the four theories of motivation instinct theory, drive-reduction theory, arousal theory, and incentive theory. It also includes an explanation of Maslows Hierarchy of Needs. The remainder of this clip discusses emotion. Why are motivation and emotion so often taught together? Is it important that you understand motivation in order to understand emotion as…

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  • Maslows Hierarchy of Needs

    This is a 3 minute preview of the full length documentary entitled “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.” The program profiles Abraham Maslow and shows how his hierarchy of needs theory relates to such disciplines as business and psychology. The program examines needs relating to physiology, security, safety, belonging, love, esteem, and self-actualization. What is actualization? Why is self-confidence important to the…

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  • Frog Catching a Fly

    This short clip shows a frog catching a fly that wanders into its pond. Since this behavior satisfies the frogs need for food, we might guess that it is motivated. However, the behavior appears to be as constant as a reflex. How might you determine whether this behavior is motivated?

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  • Search for Ft. Hood Motive

    In this report from CBS News, the recent attack at Fort Hood is discussed in an attempt to understand the attackers motives. When we speak about motive in a crime, what are we talking about? How is criminal motivation different or the same from psychological motivation?

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  • Konrad Lorenz Imprint

    This video is classic (silent) footage of Konrad Lorenz while conducting his imprinting experiment with geese. What motivated the need for attachment in the geese? According to Lorenz, animals engage in instinctive acts when specific energies reach a critical level. What does that mean in relation to motivation?

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  • EDPS 251 Motivation Presentation

    This student project uses clips from movies and television to explain some basic concepts of motivation, including intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation. Do you agree with the conclusions made in this video? Are these good examples of the concepts discussed? Can you think of other examples from popular films or television?

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  • Jackson Pollock & Mark Rothko: Icons of Abstract Expressionism

    This clip discusses the art of Jackson Pollock, an important figure in the abstract expressionism movement. What would be an example of extrinsic motivation for an artist? What would be an example of intrinsic motivation? Which do you think would be a more powerful motivational tool?

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  • Carrot Stick Riding

    A woman leads a horse using a carrot on a stick for motivation. Both the woman on the horse and the person filming seem to think this is hilarious, even stating that they cant believe it works. What does the carrot on stick expression mean? Why could this strategy work for moving stubborn animals? Could you devise an (ethical) experiment…

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  • Seeing Hungry

    This clip describes an experiment used to better understand the link between hunger and a natural hunger hormone called ghrelin. How did the experimenters test for the link? What were their findings? What use can be made of the information learned from this experiment?

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  • Would You Eat This?

    The National Geographic Channel visits a special fundraising event, the 103 Explorers Club Dinner. Dishes are planned by a biologist, the clubs exotic food chairman. Diners are served foods rarely eaten in the West, including insects and animal organs. Footage of the more memorable dishes is included. Would you attend the Explorers Club Dinner? Why or why not? Why would some…

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  • Bizarre Foods Squirrel Brains

    On his show Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern visits The Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Appalachia, where he dines on traditional mountain comfort food squirrel brains. On his show, Andrew Zimmern travels around the world eating foods that most Americans would consider strange or even inedible. Do you think his meals are motivated by hunger, by something else, or by a combination…

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  • What it Feels Like to Have Low Blood Sugar

    A man with diabetes filmed a video in his den to describe the feeling of low glucose blood levels to non-diabetics. He describes the experience as intense hunger coupled with fear. How does the man describe the physiological effects of low glucose blood levels? How is insulin related to our regulation of hunger?

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  • Doctor Kal Loses 130 Pounds

    Kalvin Chinyere always wanted to be a doctor, but had extremely unhealthy eating habits. A rotation working with stroke patients inspired him to change his lifestyle in order to take control of his health. How did Kal lose 130 pounds? What motivated him to lose weight?

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  • When Do We Eat? Trailer

    This is a trailer for the movie When Do We Eat?, about a family coming together to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover. Like Passover, many other holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, traditionally involve families and friends coming together to eat. Is hunger the only motivation behind these large family meals?

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  • The Kinsey Scale and Alfred Kinsey

    This video presents information about Alfred Kinsey and the Kinsey Scale through song, combining together footage of classic television and movies. What does the song explain were some issues with Kinseys interviews? What does the phrase sexual preference on a continuum imply? How did Alfred Kinsey measure sexual orientation in his studies of sexual behavior? What do you think of…

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  • Double Standard

    Diane has an enjoyable sexual encounter with a man, and he asks if it is appropriate to have an after-sex cigarette. She elects not to join him but takes out a container of smokeless tobacco, much to the disgust of the man. The dialogue includes Diane criticizing herself for again falling prey to the sexual double standard. What are the…

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  • A Drug Called Pornography

    A Drug Called Pornography is split into a seven part series on YouTube. Part 2 can function to give a historical background of the adult industry. Both sides of the controversy (potential harm to the community and freedom of speech) are discussed. What were some of the arguments against pornography presented in the video? What were some of the arguments…

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  • Beverly Hills 90210 Donna Struggles With Her SATs

    In the first half of this clip from the original Beverly Hills 90210, Donna gets upset when her friends discuss college, and then has a hard time taking an essay test. Test anxiety is a mixture of heightened physiological arousal (nervousness, sweating, pounding heart) and excessive worry. What are some good strategies to overcome it? How is test anxiety related…

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  • Everest: Beyond the Limit

    In this trailer for the new season of Everest: Beyond the Limit from the Discovery Channel, conditions progress from picturesque to terrifying. Even given the extreme danger, climbing Mt. Everest is seen as a huge accomplishment. If given the resources and know-how, would you be motivated to climb Mount Everest?

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  • Extreme Base Jumping in Wingsuits

    This clip features interviews with base jumpers and a great deal of footage of their feats. At the beginning of the clip, one of them states that just staying clear of the mountains and cliffs was getting boring, so now they challenge themselves to get as close as possible without actually crashing. What is the Sensation Seeking Scale? What types…

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