Motivation and Creativity: Effects of Motivational Orientation on Creative Writers

  title={Motivation and Creativity: Effects of Motivational Orientation on Creative Writers},
  author={Teresa M. Amabile},
  journal={Journal of Personality and Social Psychology},
  • T. Amabile
  • Published 1 February 1985
  • Education, Psychology
  • Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
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