Motivation to do well enhances responses to errors and self-monitoring.

  title={Motivation to do well enhances responses to errors and self-monitoring.},
  author={Sara L. Bengtsson and Hakwan C. Lau and Richard E. Passingham},
  journal={Cerebral cortex},
  volume={19 4},
Humans are unique in being able to reflect on their own performance. For example, we are more motivated to do well on a task when we are told that our abilities are being evaluated. We set out to study the effect of self-motivation on a working memory task. By telling one group of participants that we were assessing their cognitive abilities, and another group that we were simply optimizing task parameters, we managed to enhance the motivation to do well in the first group. We matched the… CONTINUE READING

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