Motivation, Emotion, and Cognition

MOTIVATION, EMOTION, AND COGNITION: Integrative Perspectives on Intellectual Functioning and Development / Robert J. Sternberg

What enables us to function effectively in society, to acquire and generate knowledge, to develop intellectual prowess and high-level expertise, to create and invent?

What lessons can we learn Irom this human-machine comparison: ror decades in the early 20th century, we did not have a proper language to describe what is going on inside the black box of the human mind. The emergence of the computer changed things, giving rise to the metaphor of the mind as an information processing device (Baars, 1986).


The computer metaphor has given us a powerful language to describe how the mind might work. Ironically, a half century later, the unfolding of artificial intelligence gave us a new window through which to look back at the human mind and human intelligence. It became clear, based on the previous comparisons, that human intellectual functioning and development  are subject to a different set of constraints compared to machine intelligence.


  • Cognition in Motivational and Affective Contexts
  • Intelligence and Personality: From Psychometrics to Personal Dynamics
  • Development of Intellectual Competencies
  • Intellectual Functioning and Development in Social and Cultural Contexts

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