Locus of Control

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Locus of Control is a psychological phenomenon that was first identified in the mid-1900s by the American psychologist Julian Rotter. Locus of Control describes the degree to which an individual believes his or her actions cause various outcomes. This article will provide a brief historical summary of the definition of Locus of Control, an outline of measures used to quantify the degree to which a particular individual is characterized by an internal or external Locus of Control, its applications in formal and informal learning environments, and possible relationships between Locus of Control and several other motivational constructs.



Educational Applications

Other Applications

  • Health psychology
  • Sports psychology

Relationships to Other Motivational Constructs

  • Learned Helplessness
  • Expectancy Value Theory
  • Attribution Theory
  • Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation