We've talked about rewards and motivation on prior posts - this recent paper from UCSF shows with even greater precision that remembering or memory performance can be linearly related to anticipated reward.
If we want students to remember more, why aren't we thinking more of ways to activate their reward centers? The rewards in these studies (test subjects were Stanford undergrads) were money, but as for many things in the nervous system, individual differences abound.
In other fMRI studies, researchers have found that reward centers can be activated by beauty and natural scenes, humor, competition, or social interaction.
Upper elementary and middle school teachers and parents may have to work extra hard when it comes to finding ingenious ways to make material interesting - look at the deterioration in intrinsic motivation from Grade 3-8.
To Read More...
Memory & Anticipated Reward pdf
Changes in Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation with Age pdf
EideNB: Task-Switching, Emotional Motivation, and Reward
EideNB: The Complex Framework of Reward and Motivation for Kids
EideNB: The Truth About Rewards: Flash from the Present - "She basically bribed me..."
EideNB: The Neurobiology and Motivating Power of Beauty
EideNB: What Motivates You? Cooperation or Competition?
Eide NB: Reflecting on Competition
EideNB: Humor, Comics, and the Brain
EideNB: Money, Motivation, ADHD, and the Brain