Published by Brown University
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — What makes a person decide to turn off the TV and switch on their brain to complete work for their job?
The assumption, by researchers and Netflix-bingers alike, is that the amount of mental effort a person invests in a task is influenced by the reward they stand to gain — so in this case, the effort results in a paycheck, and successful efforts could result in ego-pumping praise from a supervisor, a bonus, a promotion or perhaps even a new, higher-paying job.
But what if the person doesn’t believe that their efforts matter, and the reward will be the same no matter how hard they try? How does that person decide how
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