New York Times
| by Alfie Kohn

An Oct. 27 New York Times op-ed titled “Science Confirms It: People Are Not Pets” cites a 2007 study by Thane Pittman, Professor of Psychology, Emeritus. The piece takes a fresh look at social psychology research concerning intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation and notes that “the conclusions that rewards frequently kill both interest and excellence have, if anything, grown more solid in the intervening decades.” Pittman’s study “found that when people put off doing something—which often happens when a task seems unappealing—a reward offered for finishing early either didn’t help or led to increased procrastination,” the op-ed states.

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