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overjustification

Definitions

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  • n. Excessive justification.
  • n. Specifically, external incentives for an already-internally-motivated behavior, which risk the loss of the original motivation.

Etymologies

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From overjustify +‎ -ification, or from over- +‎ justification.

Examples

  • This body of studies deals with a phenomenon known as the overjustification effect which, simply stated, refers to the fact that external incentives to perform a task -promises of money, prizes, awards- are deleterious to performance.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Regardless of why overjustification effects occur, it is incontrovertible that many incentives do not incentivize.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Undermining children’s intrinsic interest with extrinsic reward: A test of the “overjustification” hypothesis.

    Red Flags or Red Herrings?

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