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tr.v. mo·ti·vat·ed, mo·ti·vat·ing, mo·ti·vates
1. To provide with an incentive or a reason for doing something; impel: What motivated you to get a new job? Their criticism is motivated by jealousy.
2. To cause to be enthusiastic: The coach motivated his players with an inspiring pep talk.

mo′ti·va′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.motivator - a positive motivational influencemotivator - a positive motivational influence  
rational motive - a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument
dynamic, moral force - an efficient incentive; "they hoped it would act as a spiritual dynamic on all churches"
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It's because curiosity is a lead-in to a motivator, not a parallel motivator.
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See Boyer and Cockriel (1998) for the complete survey, including all motivator and barrier items.