The Effects of Social-Comparison Versus Mastery Praise on Children’s Intrinsic Motivation

  title={The Effects of Social-Comparison Versus Mastery Praise on Children’s Intrinsic Motivation},
  author={Jennifer Henderlong Corpus and Christin M. Ogle and Kelly E. Love-Geiger},
  journal={Motivation and Emotion},
Two studies examined the effects of social-comparison versus mastery praise on 4th- and 5th-grade children’s intrinsic motivation. Children received a high score and either social-comparison praise, mastery praise, or no praise for working on a set of novel puzzles. They then worked on a different task and were given either ambiguous feedback (Study 1) or positive feedback (Study 2) before completing measures of intrinsic motivation. Mastery praise enhanced intrinsic motivation and social… Expand

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