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When Paradigms Clash: Comments On Cameron And Pierce’s Claim That Rewards Do Not Undermine Intrinsic Motivation

Richard M. Ryan, Edward L. Deci

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Cameron and Pierce’s (1994) conclusion that rewards do not pose a threat to intrinsic motivation is a misrepresentation of the literature based on a flawed meta-analysis. Their call to abandon cognitive evaluation theory is more an attempt to defend their behaviorist theoretical turf than a meaningful consideration of the relevant data and issues.