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Time for evidence based rewards?

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 18 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1216
  1. Glenn F Cornish (, consultant psychiatrist
  1. Epsom, Surrey KT19

    EDITOR—Spence hints at a hugely ignored problem for all professions, but especially medicine.1 Social psychology experiments from the 1970s and 1980s clearly show that common sense conclusions about motivation and reward are not always correct. For boring tasks, at least, financial reward decreased the perceived worth of the task.2 Some, …

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