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Trends Cogn Sci. 2015 Feb;19(2):62-4. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2014.12.006.

The neuroscience of motivated cognition.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA. Electronic address: blhughes@stanford.edu.
  • 2Department of Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.

Abstract

Goals and needs shape individuals' thinking, a phenomenon known as motivated cognition. We highlight research from social psychology and cognitive neuroscience that provides insight into the structure of motivated cognition. In addition to demonstrating its ubiquity, we suggest that motivated cognition is often effortless and pervades information processing.

KEYWORDS:

automaticity; cognitive control; cognitive dissonance; intergroup bias; motivation; self-enhancement

PMID:
25640642
DOI:
10.1016/j.tics.2014.12.006
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