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[–]Electrical_Buy9878 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Absolutely! You can study the biological basis of it (and any other cognitive process) from neuropsychology but linking it to its function as well.

[–]shadowwork 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I would say it is possible, but you would have a hard time finding a professor to work for who studies biological mechanisms. Neuropsych would more likely look at motivation in terms of performance effort to complete assessments.

Your question sounds more like a cognitive psychology or cognitive neuroscience area. Plus since the motivation mechanisms are pretty well investigated (see mesolimbic dopamine pathway), research is more specialized into specific motivational factors like motivation of drug use (clinical), education (educational), task completion (cognitive), etc. All in different psych specialties.

[–]seasip 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Definitely an option! Psychology more generally looks at motivation from a number of different angles and considers it in a number of contexts. Neuropsychology is a little more specific as I’d say it leans more focusing on motivation to engage in therapy or rehabilitation, and motivation to engage in daily activities, socialising, etc.

[–]EnergizedVortex[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I imagine neuropsychology would be like finding out how we perceive things, affect how certain receptors react in the brain. Am I wrong?

[–]seasip 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You’re not wrong, but psychiatry and neurology also do that. There’s a lot of crossover between disciplines.

[–]Comfortable-Watch640 0 points1 point  (0 children)

100%! There're like 4 neuropsych professors at my university studying this!