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Drive Reduction Theory

To what extent do you agree with drive reduction theory as an explanation of motivation for human behavior? Provide examples of the parts of your daily routine that fit with this theory.

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1. To what extent do you agree with drive reduction theory as an explanation of motivation for human behavior? Provide examples of the parts of your daily routine that fit with this theory.

Like most theories, Drive Reduction theory explains some behavior better than others. Drive Reduction theory posits that when a need requires satisfaction, it produces drives (tensions that energize behavior in order to satisfy a need). Thirst and hunger are drives for satisfying the needs of eating and drinking, respectively. According to Clark Hull (1943, 1952), humans have internal internal biological needs which motivate us to perform a certain way. These needs, or drives, are defined by Hull as internal states of arousal or tension which must be reduced. A prime example would be the internal feelings of hunger or thirst, which motivates us to eat OR DRINK. According to this theory, we are driven to reduce these ...

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Research validated and with examples, this response examines the assumptions of the drive reduction theory as an explanation of motivation for human behavior. Provides everyday examples that fit with this theory. References in APA format.

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