Constructivist theory suggests that the motivation for certain behaviors comes from the “anticipation” of a reward in contrast to “receiving” the reward. This theory goes on to suggest that when a reward is consistently received for competent behaviors the motivation to continue the behavior is maintained. I consistently find that my anticipation for a reward motivates me to continue behaviors that will help me achieve that reward (i.e. getting a paycheck). In addition, the anticipation is much more pronounced when I am anticipating the reward (i.e. dreaming about what I’ll do with the money). When the reward arrives my emotions go back to neutral. My daughter does the same thing. The anticipation for the reward of going to Six Flags for good grades keeps my daughter focused and excited long before the event. When the “reward” day comes, she’s back to a neutral emotional state. Do you have any examples of being motivated to behave in a certain way in anticipation of a reward?