Micro rewards have weird effects on decisions
Posted by Terra Nova [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 November 2012, 10:32 am
Edward CastronovaMost games use a sequence of little rewards to nudge players around. This is very different from most salary and hiring and review structures, which are big rewards in big intervals. Much has been made about the power of the games approach and how it should be used everywhere. To date (I haven't been looking very hard), I'd not seen a hard analysis of how a sequence of little payments might affect the quality of decisions. Do they help people solve new problems? Do they help people remember what they are doing, and transfer the learning to other situations? Here's...

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