Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation

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Motivation Ken 1

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation Literature Review

AK 11 April 2013 Professor J. Losche PSY-432

Ken 2

Both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation help to fit psychological values and beliefs of an individual. Intrinsic motivation comes from the inside of an individual, such as the drive to do something. Extrinsic motivation comes from the outside factors, such as doing something for a reward. There are mixed emotions on whether or not people think intrinsic motivation is better than extrinsic motivation. I personally believe that more people in this world have extrinsic motivation, rather than intrinsic motivation. Intrinsically motivated students are
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Her main focus is the attention provided and the “bragging rights.” Extrinsic motivation drives people to do tasks for tangible or other types of rewards, rather than grasping what the task is really about. Another example would be, a student is asked to complete an essay for his or her literature class. The student has no drive or motivation to do so, but reluctantly completes the assignment to avoid punishment or a bad grade. “There is no reason that money can’t be an effective motivator, or that grades can’t motivate students in school. It’s all a matter of individual differences. Different people are motivated in different ways.” –Steven Reiss, Psychology Professor at Ohio State University. I agree with both of Mr. Reiss’ quotes. He also mentioned that intrinsic motivation couldn’t be proved. I sort of agree with that statement as well. I will admit, it is nice to receive a good grade or prize after doing something that you are not crazy about doing. But I also get the intrinsic motives because it is a great feeling to actually want to learn something and strive to do well in it because it is enjoyable in a way.

Ken 5 I constructed a survey from about fifteen different people to see if they believed that their motivation was intrinsic or extrinsic. I also asked the surveyors which type of motivation they
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