Curricular Unit:Code:
Psychology of Motivation and Emotions1138PMEM
2UndergraduatePsychology6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
1. Reflect critically on the concept of motivation and emotions, as used by common sense and scientific psychology.
2. Know and understand the different perspectives on the nature of human motives and emotions, proposed in the past and today by leading authors and schools within this domain.
3. To master the fundamental knowledge available today, about the nature and operation of some of the major human motivations and the (basic and other) emotions.
4. Understand and value the contribution that motivational and emotional approaches provide for the practical interventions of psychologists in different fields of application.
1. Provide communication and emotions as areas of knowledge to integrate the training of professionals who deal with the public.
2. Identify the basic concepts of this knowledge.
3. Analyze the implications of this knowledge for professional practice.
4. Relate this knowledge as essential to the understanding of social interaction.
5. Apply this
1. Concept of motivation:
1.1. The motivational cycle;
2. Physiological Aspects;
3. Types of motivation:
3.1. Innate / physiological reasons;
3.2. Motivations learned / social;
3.3. Motivations combined;
4. Frustration;
5. Conflict:
5.1. Types of conflict;
6. Theories of motivation:
6.1. Maslow's theory;
6.2. Freud's theory.
I - Understanding the emotional experiences
1. Concept of emotion:
1.1. Theories of emotion;
1.2. Contemporary perspectives of emotions;
2. Aspects ethological, physiological and neuropsychological emotions;
3. Psychological Aspects of emotions:
3.1. The emotional experience;
3.2. The expression of emotions and relational behavior;
3.3. Individual and social functions of emotions;
3.4. Emotions in social interaction.
II - Emotions and Communication
1. nonverbal behavior and the expression of emotions
1.1. Decipher the emotions;
1.2. Facial feedback hypothesis;
1.3. Facial Action Coding System (FACS);
1.4. Smile Perception Scale
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The Programatic Contents (PC) were delineated in terms of Learning Goals (LG) of the course:
PC1 corresponds to LG1 (Part I)
PC2 corresponds to LG2 (Part II)
In CP1 are addressed in the main influential approaches to human motivation in psychology today, along with their historical background and their fields of practice;
In CP2 are addressed the emotions, which has undergone considerable development in recent years making it a topic of great relevance of psychology and extensive applications. On the basis of all communication (verbal and nonverbal) nonverbal processes involved in the origin of which emotions and their expression are. There are many contexts where there are communication exchanges. It becomes therefore necessary to promote social and emotional development of individuals, especially those who deal professionally with situations of social interaction as in the case of psychologists in session attendance of people.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Theoretical-practical classes:
- Presentations using projections, explanations on the board, exemplifications, practical cases on video
- Summary and discussion of scientific papers
- Development of small exercises to be solved in the classroom, solving problems and doubts
Continuous evaluation:
- Individual work - 50%
- Group work - 50%
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Since the course consists of theoretical-practical lessons, teaching methodologies are diverse. Thus, exposure of theories and key concepts of Psychology of Motivation and Emotion should always be related to practical aspects of professional activity of the psychologist. Through the interrogative method teachers can ensure the acquisition of the same concepts. Afterwards students can apply the learnings made in cases of future professional practice in small practical work and in independent research work.
Feldman, R. (2020, 14th ed.). Motivation and emotion. In Understanding Psychology (pp.296-306). McGraw Hill: New York. UFP
Barrett, L.(2017). How emotions are made: The secret life of the brain. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. B-on
Freitas-Magalhães, A. (2019). Facial expression of emotion. Encyclopedia of Human Behavior and Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology. Oxford: Elsevier. B-on
Freitas-Magalhães, A. (2020, 50ª ed.). A psicologia das emoções: o fascínio da face humana. Porto: FEELab Science Books. UFP/B-on
Freitas-Magalhães, A. (2021). Facial Action Coding System 4.0:manual de codificação científica da face humana. Porto: FEELab Science Books.UFP/B-on
Freitas-Magalhães, A. (2021). A neurociência da emoção: o cérebro e a face. Porto: FEELab Science Books.UFP/B-on
Lecturer (* Responsible):
Freitas-Magalhães (