Motivation enhancement

Motivation enhancement is an increased desire to perform tasks and accomplish goals in a productive manner. [1] [2] [3] This includes tasks and goals that would normally be considered too monotonous or overwhelming to fully commit oneself to.

A number of factors (which often, but not always, co-occur) reflect or contribute to task motivation: namely, wanting to complete a task, enjoying it or being interested in it. [3] Motivation may also be supported by closely related factors, such as positive mood, alertness, energy, and the absence of anxiety. Although motivation is a state, there are trait-like differences in the motivational states that people typically bring to tasks, just as there are differences in cognitive ability. [2]

Motivation enhancement is often accompanied by other coinciding effects such as stimulation and thought acceleration in a manner which further increases one's productivity. It is most commonly induced under the influence of moderate dosages of stimulant and nootropic compounds, such as amphetamine [2] [4] , methylphenidate [2] , nicotine [5] , and modafinil [6] . However, it may also occur to a much lesser extent under the influence of certain opioids [7] [8] , and GABAergic depressants [7] .


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