The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation

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The Impact of Reward on Task Performance in Individuals of High and Low Need for Achievement


The purpose of the study was to determine whether individuals with high need for achievement would outperform those with low need for achievement in the absence of extrinsic reward, and whether both groups would perform at the same level when provided with extrinsic motivation. Forty-two students at Huron University College completed a measure of achievement motivation, and were given 3 minutes to complete an anagram task. Half of the participants were rewarded for each correct answer on the task, and half were not. The results were not significant. There was no main effect for Need for Achievement, E"(l, 36) = .04, p > .05, and no main effect for Reward, F(1, 36) = .22, p > .05. There was also no significant interaction effect, F (1, 36) = .27, p > .05. Possible reasons for the lack of significant reasons, including small sample size and low desirability of reward are discussed.

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