Self-perception of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation

Bobby J. Calder*, Barry M. Staw

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Self-perception theory predicts that intrinsic and extrinsic motivation do not combine additively but rather interact. To test this predicted interaction, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation were both manipulated as independent variables in an experiment with 40 undergraduate males. Ss completed puzzles under payment or nonpayment conditions. Results reveal a significant interaction for task satisfaction and a trend for the interaction on a behavioral measure. Results are discussed in terms of a general approach to the self-perception of motivation. (25 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-605
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of personality and social psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 1975


  • extrinsic motivation, task satisfaction, male college students, test of self perception theory
  • intrinsic &

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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