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March 9, 2009
March 9, 2009
|Term: Extrinsic Motivation|
|Definition (Myers): A desire to perform a behavior due to promised award or threat of punishment.|
|Definition (alternative): A desire motivated to perform specific behaviors to achieve promised outside rewards or to avoid punishment from others. *|
|Contextual explanation: Why do you work, go to class, or study for a test? Do you do it because you want to money, a degree, and good grades? If so, you are extrinsically motivated - motivated to perform specific behaviors to achieve promised outside rewards or to avoid punishment from others. You are not working at a job because you get a great feeling of personal satisfaction from it or because it makes you feel good about yourself (that you are a good person), but rather to gain some kind of reward. People who are extrinsically motivated tend to be less satisfied and become unhappy more easily (in general, not always). *|
| Related terms and concepts: |
| Go to the intrinsic motivation page (linked above) to watch the video relating the two motivations.|
People often times feel motivated to do something because of honor,
pressure from parents, or many outside factors other than for their own satisfactions.
| Related websites: |
-> Simple explanation about the vocab with an example
-> This site discusses about the possible failure of extrinsic motivations and rather suggests to give students opportunities to be intrinsically motivated.
|Edited by: Elaine|