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External Stimuli and Internal Motivation


  • Dimitar Kanev

    (Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy, Varna)


The paper looks at the effects of external incentives on tasks that require critical thinking, creativity, and innovations. Some experiments, as well as theoretical explanations of Self-determination theory and Self-perception theory, are presented. Conclusion is that extrinsic motivation crowding-out intrinsic motivation when they negatively impact autonomy and sense of competence. The effect will be the opposite if an understanding of purpose and a favorable social environment is created, and external incentives are framed as support for autonomy and competence.

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  • Dimitar Kanev, 2017. "External Stimuli and Internal Motivation," Economy and Economic Theory: Problems and Interactions, Conference Proceedings 2017, Department of Economics, University of Economics - Varna, issue 1, pages 47-57, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:vra:pr1712:y:2017:i:1:p:47-57

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    extrinsic and intrinsic motivation; self-determination theory; self-perception theory;
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    • A00 - General Economics and Teaching - - General - - - General


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