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Heymans Colloquium: Prof. dr. Christophe Gernigon (University of Montpellier)

When:Th 21-02-2013 12:30 - 13:30
Where:Room M.0161 (Kouwerzaal), Munting Building, Grote Kruisstraat 2/1, Groningen

Prof. dr. Christophe Gernigon
(Laboratory Epsylon, Université Montpellier 1, France)

A Dynamical Systems Approach to Goal Involvement States

An integrative model of goal involvement in achievement contexts is proposed, based on the nonlinear dynamical systems theory. Achievement goals are theorized as complex and self-organized systems. Goal-related information fostering competence expectancies, as well as perceptions of benefit and threat for the self, are assumed to undergo either static or dynamic integration.
Mathematical equations are used to depict the interactions among these pieces of goal-related information, and to account for the emergence of approach and avoidance behaviors. These behaviors are conceptualized as two competing fixed-point attractors.
The model that is thus offered specifies the conditions under which a given state of goal involvement displays patterns of resistance (stability), oscillations between approach and avoidance (instability), and reversal (nonlinear change). Preliminary results supporting
this model are presented.

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