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Distinct motivational effects of contingent and non-contingent rewards

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When rewards are on offer, we put more energy in, increasing “motivational vigour”. In theory, incentives might drive behaviour for two distinct reasons: first, they increase expected reward; second, they increase the value difference between successful and unsuccessful performance, increasing contingency. Previous studies of motivational vigour never compared these directly. To index vigour, we measured the speed of eye movements towards targets, after participants heard a cue indicating how...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1177/0956797617693326

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Department:
Oxford, MSD, Clinical Neurosciences
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Author
Publisher:
Association for Psychological Science Publisher's website
Journal:
Psychological Science Journal website
Volume:
28
Issue:
7
Pages:
1016-1026
Publication date:
2017-05-10
Acceptance date:
2017-01-10
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EISSN:
1467-9280
ISSN:
0956-7976
Pubs id:
pubs:685587
URN:
uri:bb65e2c1-2ef4-4161-9b17-1875adbba72b
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uuid:bb65e2c1-2ef4-4161-9b17-1875adbba72b
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pubs:685587
Paper number:
7

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