Vigilance and Motivation: A Theoretical Note,
TEXAS TECH UNIV LUBBOCK
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A review suggests that the motivational aspects of performance have not been a central theoretical feature in vigilance and complex monitoring literature. Rather, the study of motivational variables has focused on task and environmental variables and, for the most part, has ignored motivational variables. A definition of motivation which is suitable for the context of vigilance and complex monitoring is presented, and theories which are centered about motivational aspects are reviewed. The authors suggest that an adaptation-level model of reinforcement may provide the necessary dynamic framework to promote systematic investigations of the complex monitoring problem.