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Motivation is the backbone of reasoning as to why human beings accomplish any task. This makes it essential that we study the effects of different styles of motivation. There is a large amount of supporting evidence that claims intrinsic motivation can be more beneficial to quality of performance than extrinsic motivation. (Pink 2012) This is exactly why I conducted this study. Going to a university that is so keen on athletics, motivation is a very hot topic. What motivates us can be an important factor to being successful in any endeavor. This research studied the effects of both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation on two groups of participant’s abilities to throw a ball into a cup. Two groups were split and defined as intrinsically and extrinsically motivated. I compared the amount of balls made between both groups. I hypothesized that the group that was intrinsically motivated will throw more balls into the cup than the extrinsically motivated group.

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