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The Dynamics of Intrinsic Motivation: A Study of Adolescents

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Almost 700 years ago, William of Ockham proposed his famous rule that “entities should not be increased without necessity,” thereafter known as “Ockham’s razor”. During the heyday of behavioral psychology a generation ago, it was thought that “motivation” was one of those unnecessary entities that could be deleted from scientific vocabulary. If behavior was partly a direct function of some genetic programming and partly of some stimulus-response learning, then motivation was indeed a superfluous concept.

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The research in this chapter has been supported by grants from the Spencer Foundation.

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Csikszentmihalyi, M., Nakamura, J. (2014). The Dynamics of Intrinsic Motivation: A Study of Adolescents. In: Flow and the Foundations of Positive Psychology. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9088-8_12

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