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AppetiteNeural and Behavioural Bases$
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Charles R. Legg and David Booth

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198547877

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198547877.001.0001

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Appetite—a psychological concept

Appetite—a psychological concept

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Appetite
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Charles R. Legg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198547877.003.0001

This chapter discusses the psychological concept of appetite. It explores some of the ways in which scientists and lay people use the term appetite and reviews how psychologists and psychobiologists have approached the topic of motivation to determine whether appetite remains a useful scientific concept. It analyses psychobiological approaches to motivated behaviour and discusses the current situation concerning the relation between appetite and behaviour. The findings suggest that appetite remains a useful concept in contemporary psychology because appetite concepts are necessary to make sense of the experimental literature on motivation and because it act as a fruitful heuristic device in guiding investigations of the processes involved in motivated behaviour.

Keywords:   appetite, psychological concept, motivation, scientific concept, motivated behaviour, heuristic device

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