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The Quality of Motivation in Learning and Leisure Activities, and their Accompanying Experiences

  The study was focused on the relationships between motivation (internal, external and other types of regulation) and the subject's experiences in different activities, like learning and leisure. We treat activity related experiences in light of the three-dimensional model of experiences that grew from  the flow theory  by M. Csíkszentmihalyi. The model distinguishes three dimensions of experiences accompanying every activity —  pleasure, meaning, and  effort , the experience of void being defined as the absence of all the  three). We conducted a correlation study on students’ sample (N = 357) using Activity-related Experiences Assessment (AREA) Scale (Leontiev, 2015) to measure experiences in leisure and study; Universal Perceived Locus of Causality Scale (Ryan, Connell, 1989; Russian version by Sheldon, Suchkov, Osin, 2015). Strong correlations were observed between different types of motivation and experiences related to the same activity but not to different activities.