The Hidden Costs of Reward: New Perspectives on the Psychology of Human Motivation

1st Edition

Mark R. Lepper, David Greene

Psychology Press
Published June 15, 2017
Reference - 18 Pages
ISBN 9781138954403 - CAT# Y206537
Series: Psychology Revivals

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Originally published in 1978, this volume provided a broad survey of the latest research and theory, at the time, concerning the potential detrimental effects of inappropriate uses of tangible rewards to modify behaviour. Overall, this research questions the dominant paradigm within which reinforcers, by definition, have positive effects on performance and subsequent behaviour, and suggests new directions for the study of human motivation. In a series of five original integrative essays, the contributors summarize their own and related research programmes. These theoretical essays are complemented by two introductory chapters, that provide a historical context for this research, and four discussion chapters, that speak to broader issues, including both the implications and limitations of the research presented.

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