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Rewards reduce intrinsic motivation
Reviewing 128 studies on the effects of rewards Deci et al. (1999, p. 658) concluded that:"tangible rewards tend to have a substantially negative effect on intrinsic motivation (...) Even when tangible rewards are offered as indicators of good performance, they typically decrease intrinsic motivation for interesting activities."
Rewards have even been found to make people less creative
Rewards have even been found to make people worse at problem-solving.
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