UNDERMINING CHILDREN'S INTRINSIC INTEREST WITH EXTRINSIC REWARD: A TEST OF THE "OVERJUSTIFICATION" HYPOTHESIS

@inproceedings{Lepper1973UNDERMININGCI,
  title={UNDERMINING CHILDREN'S INTRINSIC INTEREST WITH EXTRINSIC REWARD: A TEST OF THE "OVERJUSTIFICATION" HYPOTHESIS},
  author={M. R. de Lepper and David Lee Greene and Richard E. Nisbett},
  year={1973}
}
A field experiment was conducted with children to test the "overjustification" hypothesis suggested by self-percepti on theory—the proposition that a person's intrinsic interest in an activity may be decreased by inducing him to engage in that activity as an explicit means to some extrinsic goal. Children showing intrinsic interest in a target activity during base-line observations were exposed to one of three conditions: In the expected-award condition, subjects agreed to engage in the target… CONTINUE READING

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