Loss of control stimulates approach motivation

Greenaway, Katharine H., Storrs, Katherine R., Philipp, Michael C., Louis, Winnifred R., Hornsey, Matthew J. and Vohs, Kathleen D. (2015) Loss of control stimulates approach motivation. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 56 235-241. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2014.10.009

Author Greenaway, Katharine H.
Storrs, Katherine R.
Philipp, Michael C.
Louis, Winnifred R.
Hornsey, Matthew J.
Vohs, Kathleen D.
Title Loss of control stimulates approach motivation
Journal name Journal of Experimental Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1096-0465
Publication date 2015-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.10.009
Open Access Status
Volume 56
Start page 235
End page 241
Total pages 7
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract The present research introduces a framework for understanding motivational reactions to control deprivation. Two experiments demonstrated that loss of control can stimulate approach motivation. Loss of control led to greater approach motivation in terms of enhanced motivation to achieve goals (Experiment 1) and greater self-reported high approach affect (Experiments 1 & 2). Experiment 2 additionally revealed that the effect of control deprivation on approach motivation was eliminated when participants misattributed their arousal to an external source. Overall, the findings demonstrate that loss of control can stimulate approach motivation as part of an adaptive motivational system aimed at coping with perceived lack of control.
Keyword Approach motivation
Control deprivation
Goal pursuit
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 7 November 2014

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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