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J Psychol. 2008 Sep;142(5):533-53. doi: 10.3200/JRLP.142.5.533-556.

Motivation and flow: toward an understanding of the dynamics of the relation in architecture students.

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Department of Psychology, Kansas State University, Bluemont Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA.

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  • J Psychol. 2008 Nov;142(6):655.


The authors investigated the relation between motivation and flow in a sample of 327 architecture students. Specifically, they investigated the relation between flow and several levels of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, as well as amotivation. They also assessed the need for autonomy in moderating the relation between intrinsic motivation and engagement. Results indicated a significant relation between flow experiences in academic activities and the more self-determined forms of intrinsic motivation, but not for extrinsic motivation. The need for autonomy moderated the relation between flow and intrinsic motivation. These results are discussed in the context of understanding flow as an intrinsically motivating state and a viable construct for understanding engagement.

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