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Energy investment and motivation: The additive impact of task demand and reward value on exerted force in hand grip tasks

Stanek, JC and Richter, M (2021) Energy investment and motivation: The additive impact of task demand and reward value on exerted force in hand grip tasks. Motivation and Emotion. ISSN 0146-7239

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Abstract

According to motivational intensity theory, individuals are motivated to conserve energy when pursuing goals. They should invest only the energy required for success and disengage if success is not important enough to justify the required energy. We tested this hypothesis in five experiments assessing exerted muscle force in isometric hand grip tasks as indicator of energy investment. Our results provided mixed evidence for motivational intensity theory. Corroborating its predictions, energy investment was a function of task demand. However, we did not find evidence for the predicted disengagement, and we observed that participants exerted in most conditions more force than required. Furthermore, the data could be better explained by a model that predicted an additive effect of task demand and success importance than by models drawing on motivational intensity theory’s predictions. These results illustrate the strong link between energy investment and task demand but challenge motivational intensity theory’s primacy of energy conservation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1702 Cognitive Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology (new Sep 2019)
Publisher: Springer
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2021 10:35
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2021 10:45
DOI or Identification number: 10.1007/s11031-020-09862-2
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14249

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