The overjustification effect

I found this article interesting — http://youarenotsosmart.com/2011/12/14/the-overjustification-effect/

tl;dr version (extracted from the article above) — “The overjustification effect threatens your fragile narratives, especially if you haven’t figured out what to do with your life. You run the risk of seeing your behavior as motivated by profit instead of interest if you agree to get paid for something you would probably do for free. Conditioning will not only fail, it will pollute you. You run the risk of believing the reward, not your passion, was responsible for your effort, and in the future it will be a challenge to generate enthusiasm. It becomes more and more difficult to look back on your actions and describe them in terms of internal motivations.”
Couldn’t help but wonder if that’s the reason grad students are paid less relative to the time/effort spent by them 😉
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