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When Anticipation Becomes Motivation
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Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered a connection between how quickly students expect to receive our feedback may also influence how they perform.

Students who were told they would receive feedback quickly on their performance earned higher grades than students who expected feedback at a later time. Furthermore, when students expected to receive their grades quickly, they predicted that their performance would be worse than students who were to receive feedback later. This pattern suggests that anticipating rapid feedback may improve performance. As the authors note, "People do best precisely when their predictions about their own performance are least optimistic."

The researchers' findings have been published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. To read more, click here.