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Published in PERSPECTIVES ON MOTIVATION: NEBRASKA SYMPOSIUM ON MOTIVATION 1990, ed. Richard Dienstbier. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1991. Pages ix–xiv. Copyright © 1991 University of Nebraska Press. Used by permission.


This 38th session of the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation coincided with the 100th anniversary of the teaching of psychology at the University of Nebraska (1889) and with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Psychology (1939). The originator of early psychological instruction here, and the person to whom all recent volumes of this Symposium have been dedicated, is Harry K. Wolfe, one of Wilhelm Wundt's first two American students. In part because of the significance of these anniversaries, and because of the identification of this Symposium with psychology at the University of Nebraska, the Symposium Committee and I decided to devote this volume entirely to the topic of motivation. As this Symposium developed, however, we became convinced that we should undertake a more permanent change in focus toward motivation.