Understanding the motivation of others using their Theory of Change

We can also formulate expectations about how another Agent will behave by looking at their Theory of Change.

This is directly comparable with cognitive theories of motivation like expectancy-value theory (Wigfield and Eccles 2000): the likelihood of the Agent chosing between more than one courses of action can be understood as a the Value * the strength of the path.

But it is also compatible with attribution theory, which describes how Agents process and attribute information about how easy past successes were and how much they are attributable to luck. (Weiner 1985)


Wigfield, Allan, and Jacquelynne S Eccles. 2000. “Expectancy – Value Theory of Achievement Motivation.” Contemporary Educational Psychology 25: 68–81. doi:10.1006/ceps.1999.1015.

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