Do rewards, punishment work?
In an experiment, children’s brains reacted strongly to positive feedback and scarcely responded at all to negative feedback. Our basic strategy for raising children or teaching students is a reward and punishment strategy. We are what we believe we are - C.S. Lewis From an early age we introduce Santa Claus, who carefully observes what children do and appears from the heavens to deliver gifts for the ‘good ones’ or to punish the ‘bad ones’. While manipulating children with incentives seems to work in the short run, it is a strategy that ultimately fails. Praise is frequently a judgement and a kind of bribe as the child must ‘earn’ points by doing the ‘right’ thing. Punishment causes either physical, emotional, or social pain, and it is often followed with confusion, anger, or guilt. The younger children’s performance improved substantially more when the feedback was positive. C.S. Our mind is responsible for all sorts of illusions. We might even become what we pretend to be.
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