Thesis Title: Learning Styles, Cognitive Processes and Academic Motivation in College Students

Student Name: Fatima tu Zahra

Supervisor: Shahnila Tariq, PhD

Degree: MSc

Year: 2016-2018

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245


The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between learning styles, cognitive processes and academic motivation in college students. It was hypothesized that there would be a relationship between cognitive processes, learning styles and academic motivation in college students. Between group, correlational research design was used. The sample consisted of (N = 130) college students (n = 65 male; n = 65 female) of intermediate and bachelors with age range 15 to 25 years. The Perceptual Learning Style Preference Questionnaire (PLSPQ; Reid, 1987), Metacognitive Awareness Inventory (MAI; Schraw and Dennison, 1994), and Academic Motivation Scale College Version (AMS-C 28; Vallerand, 1993) were used to collect the data. Pearson product moment correlation analysis revealed that there was a significant positive correlation between learning styles, cognitive processes and academic motivation in college students. Simple linear regression analysis confirmed that academic motivation was predicted by learning styles and cognitive processes. Furthermore, results revealed significant gender differences in academic motivation of students. The findings were discussed in the light of the literature. The research will be beneficial in improving the motivation of the students.

Keywords:    Learning styles,    cognitive processes,    academic motivation.

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