IB Psychology SL : Sport psychology

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Example Question #1 : Sport Psychology

Cody is a starting shortstop for his minor league baseball team and leads his league in home runs and RBIs. Cody’s teammates overheard him telling his girlfriend that he does not truly love playing the sport; he only plays for the money that he earns and for the approval of his strict, critical father. Which of the following terms best describes what Cody is experiencing?

Possible Answers:

Positive punishment

Negative reinforcement

Intrinsic motivation

None of these

Extrinsic motivation

Correct answer:

Extrinsic motivation

Explanation:

Although Cody is a very talented and skilled baseball player, he does not play baseball because he truly loves playing baseball—he plays to make money and to gain the approval of his father. Cody is not motivated to play baseball for the mere sake of playing baseball, he is experiencing extrinsic motivation—the desire to perform and behave in certain ways to obtain external rewards or avoid a threatened punishment.

Example Question #2 : Sport Psychology

Cody is a starting shortstop for his minor league baseball team and leads his league in home runs and RBIs. Cody’s teammates overheard him telling his girlfriend that he does not truly love playing the sport; he only plays for the money that he earns and for the approval of his strict, critical father. Which of the following terms best describes what Cody is experiencing?

Possible Answers:

Intrinsic motivation

None of these

Extrinsic motivation

Positive punishment

Negative reinforcement

Correct answer:

Extrinsic motivation

Explanation:

Although Cody is a very talented and skilled baseball player, he does not play baseball because he truly loves playing baseball—he plays to make money and to gain the approval of his father. Cody is not motivated to play baseball for the mere sake of playing baseball, he is experiencing extrinsic motivation—the desire to perform and behave in certain ways to obtain external rewards or avoid a threatened punishment.

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