Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Relation to Right and Left Brain Dominant People. Jacob Allan Keyla Jackson Justin Kisluk Jeff Macken Matt Syska Research Question Is there a correlation between brain hemisphere dominance, and whether a person is intrinsically or extrinsically motivated? Statistical hypothesis H0 : P1 = P2 The percentages are equal HA : P1 ≠ P2 The percentages are not equal Terms Intrinsic Motivation- a person motivated by ones self, an internal drive and need to accomplish ones tasks. Extrinsic motivation- a person motivated by whether or not the situation will benefit them personally. Example they are looking for an external reward such as money or pleasure. Right brained- a person who dominantly uses their right hemisphere of their brain in everyday life. They tend to be more creative and spontaneous. Left brained- a person who dominantly uses their left hemisphere of their brain in everyday life. These people tend to follow facts and excel math and sciences. Survey- collect information from a sample of people that can be used to draw a conclusion about those people on a certain subject. Background Though many studies have been done on right and left brained people, and intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, there are no studies or surveys that come to our attention that have included both concepts or have compared them to each other. Significance This survey helps use to understand what types of teaching methods could be used on right and left brained people. Also what types of rewards should be given in the work place. Procedure Creation of a comprehensive survey Survey validation Distribution of the survey Analysis of results Process Distribute survey to selected homerooms Collect surveys Assess surveys Compare percentages Test the survey results Variable Considerations Survey to be distributed Homeroom teachers to read the directions Sample Population Three homerooms from each grade Ethics and Bias Make sure none of the questions are pertinent to the age group The group must have as little contact with people taking the survey as possible Sample Survey Questions Is it easier to remember people’s: Names Faces Your desk or where you work is: Neat and organized Cluttered with stuff you might need Is it easier for you to understand: Algebra Geometry Data Intrinsic Neutral Extrinsic Total Left Brain 43 8 22 73 Neutral 36 4 10 50 Brain Right Brain 26 13 21 60 Total 105 25 53 183 Left Brain / Extrinsic: 22/73 = 30% Right Brain / Intrinsic: 26/60 = 43% Test Two sided z-test on proportions .43 .30 z .43(1 .43) .30 (1 .30 ) 60 73 z 1.558 Test Two sided z-test on proportions Z = 1.558 α = 0.05 P = 0.1148 For 95% Confidence: Z* = 1.96 Z* > Z α<P Failed to reject Null Hypothesis at given significance level Conclusion Our results show that with 95% confidence we can say that there is a correlation between left/right brain dominance and type of motivation. Problems/Changes Give the sample population more time to complete the surveys Honesty of participants Subjects returning unfinished surveys Adjust survey to be easier to assess References "Motivation as a Personality Characteristic." 06 June 2006 <http://education.calumet.purdue.edu/vockell/edpsybook/ edpsy5/edpsy5_personality.htm>. "Motivation: What Does the Research Say?" NW Regional Educational Laboratory. Oct. 2000. <http://www.nwrel.org/request/oct00/motivate.html>.
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