Rebuttal to Intrinsic Motivation

On the other end of the spectrum is Steven Reiss, an Ohio State University professor of psychology. Reiss posits that perhaps intrinsic motivation does not exist. He goes on to state there are so many reasons people tend to do one thing or another that we cannot buttonhole their rationales into intrinsic or extrinsic motivators, but if we persist in doing so it involves making value judgments.

“There is no reason that money can’t be an effective motivator, or that grades can’t motivate students in school,” he said. “It’s all a matter of individual differences. Different people are motivated in different ways.”

You can read more about his theory on this Ohio State Research page. Stay tuned for the next post: Extrinsic Motivation.

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