11 Motivators That Increase the Desire to Learn

All thriving organisms have built-in motivation to seek food and reproduce. As humans, we're equipped with a few extra motivational triggers. We have an enormous variety of incentives, seen in no other creature on earth, that push us to achieve our goals.

We have compiled a list of eleven motivators to help you tap into these inherent motivations.

1. Curiosity11-motivational-Triggers-Infographic-Image.jpg

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it's also a way to discover - and retain - new information. Curiosity is essential for long-term memory storage.

2. Seeking

Think of seeking as the ancient, vital need to hunt and forage for food, mates, companions, and answers. Being on a quest proves to be a learning motivation too.

3. Rewards

Using rewards is a classic motivator. The timing and certainty of the payoff determines a reward’s value. If the reward seems too far off or is insignificant, the motivation level diminishes.

4. Uncertainty and Risk

Having a consequence tends to sharpen focus and causes dopamine levels to rise. Uncertainty and risk work together to form a crucial motivator for learning. 

5. Confidence

With confidence, goals seem more attainable. Building confidence in a specific area provides an extra motivational push. 

6. Anticipation

Anticipation is essentially the motivated state of mind characterized by high dopamine production which causes the behavior of seeking. Anticipation is heightened with uncertainty.

7. Goals

Realizable goals can really get people moving. For a goal to be realizable, it needs to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.

8. Intentions

The manner in which learners set their intentions and plan for the future has a profound effect on their desire to learn.

9. Flow

"The flow” describes a highly focused state of mind paired with masterful activity. People in the flow are completely immersed and lose track of time and space, enjoying the task at hand.

10. Progress and Optimism

Nobody likes feeling stuck in a rut. Learning suffers with pessimism yet flourishes with optimism. When we feel like success is possible and we can see progress, motivation rises. 

11. Gamification

Games keep your dopamine levels optimized so you stay engaged and keep learning.


The Amplifire platform is built on several of these motivational triggers. Amplifire engages learners, helps them learn more efficiently, and enables them to pass their academic or certication exams.

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