THE EFFECT OF MONETARY INCENTIVES ON MONITORING PERFORMANCE.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF
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A vigilance experiment was performed to evaluate the effect of monetary incentives on visual monitoring performance. The vigilance task was the detection of a slightly larger excursion of a voltmeter needle making 50 uniform excursions per minute. The length of the vigil was 48 minutes, during which 32 signals were presented. Ten subjects Ss in a control group performed the task without possibility of reward. A second group of 10 Ss performed the identical task receiving monetary rewards based on performance. Subjects receiving monetary rewards detected significantly more signals than did the control group. Author