Distal and proximal motivational processes related to flow experience: Investigating the role of implicit motives, affective and cognitive preferences, and perceived abilities

Anja Schiepe-Tiska, Kaspar Schattke, Jörg Seeliger, Hugo M. Kehr

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Abstract

One of the prominent questions in flow research is the investigation of conditions that need to be met so that people will get involved in an activity for the sheer sake of doing it. The present study examined the relationship between distal (i.e., implicit motives) and proximal (i.e., affective preferences, cognitive preferences, perceived abilities) motivational processes and flow experience based on assumptions of the compensatory model of motivation and volition. In order to arouse the implicit agentic motive, 63 participants worked on an online platform in an open innovation environment. Results showed that affective preferences mediated the effect of the implicit agentic motive on flow experience. Moreover, a hierarchical regression analysis with simple slope tests yielded that, at the proximal level, the congruence of affective preferences, cognitive preferences, and perceived abilities was associated with flow experience. The present research adds some new and essential ingredients to Csikszentmihalyis’ traditional conception of flow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1002-1012
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Psychology
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2023

Keywords

  • Affective preferences
  • Cognitive preferences
  • Flow experience
  • Implicit agentic motive
  • Perceived abilities

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