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Most Underappreciated50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work$
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Robert Arkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.001.0001

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I Can’t Explain

I Can’t Explain

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(p.185) I Can’t Explain
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Most Underappreciated
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Judith Harackiewicz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.003.0036

Judith Harackiewicz reflects on her most underappreciated work: a paper entitled “Rewarding pinball wizardry” that explored the effects of rewards on intrinsic motivation. Harackiewicz performed a pinball experiment with her graduate students to test the idea that rewards for competence might have negative effects due to the stress of performance evaluation, but that they might also have positive effects because they provide positive feedback upon receipt.

Keywords:   Judith Harackiewicz, reward effects, intrinsic motivation, pinball experiment, competence, performance evaluation, positive feedback

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