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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2012, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (11): 1889-1898.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2012.01889

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Motivated Information Processing Model: Theory and Applications

WU Meng;BAI Xin-Wen   

  1. ( 1 Key Laboratory of Behavioral Science, Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China) (2 Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China)
  • Received:2012-04-18 Online:2012-11-15 Published:2012-11-01
  • Contact: BAI Xin-Wen

Abstract: Based on “groups as information processor perspective”, motivated information processing (MIP) model emphasizes that information processing and sharing depends on two types of motivations, epistemic motivation and social motivation, respectively. Epistemic motivation refers to the willingness to expend effort to achieve a thorough, rich, and accurate understanding of the world. It determines the depth of information processing. Social motivation is defined as the individual preference for outcome distributions between oneself and others. It influences which information will be processed. Epistemic motivation and social motivation, alone and in combination, interpret information processing at both individual and team level, and information sharing at team level. MIP model contributes to the industrial/organizational psychology literature by integrating the dual-process theory and groups as information processor perspective, and by providing a new perspective in the fields of negotiation, creativity, and team effectiveness. Limitations and implications for future study of MIP model are discussed.

Key words: motivated information processing, epistemic motivation, social motivation, teams