EXPECTANCY THEORY By N., Sam M.S. - 72 1. Theory that cognitive learning involves acquired expectancies. 2. Motivational theory where a positive outcome is more likely to occur the activity is more likely to occur. EXPECTANCY THEORY: "Purposive behaviourism is an example of expectancy theory." Related Psychology Terms Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development Identifying Relevant Theories and Models LEARNING (GENERAL) CHILD PSYCHIATRY ADOLESCENCE (Theories) EMOTION (Theories) THORNDIKE, EDWARD LEE (1874- 1949) PAIRED ASSOCIATES LEARNING CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY HABIT Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "EXPECTANCY THEORY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/expectancy-theory/ (accessed August 16, 2022).