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General scientific definition

When internalization occurs, the extrinsic motivation of a person for a specific task is replaced by  more internalized or intrinsic motivation. Leading to a change in outcomes in line with the outcomes associated with intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

Relevant substantive theories

  • Self-Determination Theory


  • Deci, E. L., & Ryan, R. M. (2000). The "What" and "Why" of Goal Pursuits: Human Needs and the Self-Determination of Behavior. Psychological Inquiry, 11(4), 227-268. doi:10.1207/S15327965PLI1104_01


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