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Intrinsic Motivation and Creativity

Intrinisic motivation is critical to the development of creativity. The intrinsic motivation hypothesis of creativity states that "the intrinsically motivated state will be conducive to creativity, but the extrinsically motivated task will be detrimental (Amabile, 1996)." This hypothesis has received support from a number of research studies showing for example, that allowing free choice in aspects of task engagment results in higher creativity while providing extrinsic constraints such as offering a reward for creative behavior results in lower creativity.

An examination of the effects of verbal reinforcement on creativity (Reported in Growing Up Creative by Teresa Amabile)

Amabile, T. M.

Westview Press, A division of Harper Collins. Boulder, CO (1996)


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