September 18, 2014

Interest improves performance

In this article I argued that following your interests can be a driving force behind competence-development. I distinguished between two aspects of interests, namely enjoyment and importance.

Now, an article has been published by Paul O’Keefe and Lisa Linnenbrink (2014) which supports one of the central claims of my article. The publication dinstinguishes to aspects of interests which fully corresponds with my distinction): (1) affact-related interest (which refers to doing things you enjoy), and (2) value related interest (which refers to things you find personally valuable). The authors described two experiments which show that interests positively affect performance. The studies show that doing interesting tasks lead to better performance at these tasks. Furthermore, doing interesting tasks improves your capacity to maintain self-regulation (which, by the way, supports what is written in this article).

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