The need for power, brain norepinephrine turnover, and memory

David C. McClelland*, J. Anderson Maddocks, Dan P. McAdams

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Subjects were classified according to whether they were high or low in the need for Power and high or low in gain in 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylglycol (MHPG), a putative index of brain norepinephrine (NE) turnover, after engaging in some tasks that involved memory for story content. Subjects who were high in n Power and in the index of brain NE turnover showed better recall of power-related facts than subjects low on both these characteristics, confirming an earlier finding, which suggests that the need for Power is subserved by a noradrenergic reward system in the brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalMotivation and Emotion
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology(all)


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