www.spring.org.uk/2009/10/how-rewards-can-backfire-and-reduce-motivation.php, posted 2016 by peter in cognition inspiration
Surely one of the best ways to generate motivation in ourselves and others is by dangling rewards?
Yet psychologists have long known that rewards are overrated. The carrot, of carrot-and-stick fame, is not as effective as we’ve been led to believe. Rewards work under some circumstances but sometimes they backfire. Spectacularly.
Here is a story about preschool children with much to teach all ages about the strange effects that rewards have on our motivation.