You must be creative! The effect of performance feedback on intrinsic motivation and creativity

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Title: You must be creative! The effect of performance feedback on intrinsic motivation and creativity
Author: Benzer, Justin Kane
Abstract: Feedback sign (positive , negative , or no feedback sign ) and feedback style (autonomous , controlling , or no feedback style ) were manipulated in a 3x3 repeated measures design . Two hundred thirty -three undergraduate students from introductory psychology classes completed measures of perceived competence , perceived choice , and interest over four time periods . Interest was regressed on perceived competence , perceived choice , and a moderation analysis revealed that perceived choice moderated the effect of perceived competence on interest . Creative answers to open -ended problems were assessed after time 2 (before feedback ) , and after time 3 (after feedback ) . Feedback style (autonomous , controlled , and neutral ) and Feedback sign (positive , negative , and neutral ) manipulations were analyzed using a 3x3 ANOVA , revealing no effect of feedback . Post -hoc analyses using perceived difficulty of the first creative problem as a covariate revealed an interaction of feedback style and difficulty , limiting between subjects analyses . Creativity was also regressed on interest . Pre -feedback interest predicted creativity according to expectations , but post -feedback interest did not predict creativity . Creativity did predict post -performance interest , possibly implying that interest is not a valid proxy for intrinsic motivation in within -subjects designs . Future studies should test the proposition that feedback affects intrinsic motivation , which in turn affects creative performance , and creative performance affects interest .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -1188
Date: 2009-05-15

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You must be creative! The effect of performance feedback on intrinsic motivation and creativity. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -1188 .

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