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Effects of Extrinsic Rewards on Children's Subsequent Intrinsic Interest

David Greene and Mark R. Lepper
Child Development
Vol. 45, No. 4 (Dec., 1974), pp. 1141-1145
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1128110
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1128110
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Effects of Extrinsic Rewards on Children's Subsequent Intrinsic Interest
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Abstract

Preschool children were asked, in individual sessions, to engage in an activity of high initial interest, either for its own sake or in order to obtain an extrinsic reward. Subsequently, children who had undertaken the target activity as a means to some ulterior end showed less intrinsic interest in this activity, as measured unobtrusively several weeks later in the children's classrooms, than control subjects who had either received the same reward unexpectedly or had engaged in the activity without expectation or receipt of extrinsic rewards.

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