The Psychology Behind Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation with Michael Wu

The Psychology Behind Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation with Michael Wu

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Michael Wu Drops Deep Knowledge on Motivational Engagement

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Last week, Lithium’s Chief Scientist Michael Wu came on the show to discuss the psychology behind engagement and motivation. During the show he mentions the following on the morality of motivating others intrinsically:

“Engaging with people through their intrinsic motivations isn’t good or bad…it’s just the way it is”

What does he mean? Watch the full episode below to get a thorough explanation of the meaning behind intrinsic/extrinsic motivation, how motivation changes over time, and a glimpse into Lithium’s IT security practices:

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  1. So, if you enjoy to listen to Micheal speaking about ‘shifting people from extrinsic rewarded to intrinsic rewarded’ (timecode starts at 13:00 and ends around 14:55) perhaps you also like this real-world example that I experienced by myself and I have also written about it at my blog.
    I call it ‘Clear the table’ – the game. And it proves like the pleasure of a grandma can change a childs behavior. 😉

    Any similar experiences?

  2. One of the secrets of gamification is to understand how the elements of games can encourage people to engage in their tasks. And it is important to identify what motivation is inside and outside.