A cognitive-motivational model of decision satisfaction

Ruth V. Small, Murali Venkatesh

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Satisfaction is a condition that contributes to the development of intrinsic motivation and a continuing motivation to learn. Research that helps to identify the factors that contribute to learning satisfaction is useful for educators. This paper introduces the Cognitive-Motivational Model of Decision Satisfaction, a model that extends Kruglanski's work on closure and builds on Keller's work on the motivational aspects of instruction and learning. Focusing on decision-making activities in a learning context, this model recognizes the importance of information-processing in judgmental tasks and specifies confidence as a major contributing factor to learning satisfaction. Some potential applications to both classroom and computer-based learning environments are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalInstructional Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000


  • Closure
  • Cognitive-motivational model
  • Confidence
  • Decision-making
  • Information processing
  • Satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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