Japanese researchers have claimed that praise is as good as money at making people work harder.
It's something that has been debated amongst scientists and parents alike for years, can giving too much praise to our children have a negative effect overall or does it really help spur effort and creativity ? Do we prefer to hear the straight truth about something we've done or do we function better when the reality is sugar coated to make us feel better ?
Researchers lead by Professor Sadato at the National Institute for Physiological Sciences have been attempting to investigate using a group of 48 volunteers. "There seems to be scientific validity behind the message 'praise to encourage improvement'," he said. "Complimenting someone could become an easy and effective strategy to use in the classroom."
"A team of Japanese researchers at the National Institute for Physiological Sciences has discovered that the more a person is complimented the more the striatum part of their brain is stimulated, and the better they perform a task."
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