Rewards and Intrinsic Interest
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Sarafino, E. P. 2010. Rewards and Intrinsic Interest. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
It is usually assumed that giving rewards for performing a task increases future motivation for and engagement in that activity. A large body of research supports this assumption (Baldwin & Baldwin, 1998; Sarafino, 2001). In the early 1970s, however, studies began to find that under certain conditions, the opposite effect seemed to occur: External rewards for performing an intrinsically interesting activity undermined subsequent interest in and performance of that task.
- intrinsic interest;