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Jihae Shin

Doctoral Student

Contact Information

Address: 3028 SH-DH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 898-6598
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401


   Research Interests

  • Work motivation
  • Performance in multiple-task environments
  • Creativity
  • Decision making under uncertainty

 My research interests revolve around the dynamics of work motivation and performance. While it is generally assumed that high motivation is beneficial for performance and low motivation is detrimental for performance, in my research I question this basic assumption and examine when and why the opposite is true. My three main research projects are my dissertation on the hidden costs of intrinsic motivation, my paper on procrastination and creativity that is currently under revision, and my project on the motivational consequences of having a plan B. My research demonstrates that high intrinsic motivation can actually have negative effects on performance, procrastination (a lack of motivation) can sometimes be beneficial for creativity, and forming a plan B (additional motivation in another direction) might have unintended costs for plan A performance.   


  • Adam Grant, Jihae Shin, "Work motivation: Directing, energizing, and maintaining effort (and research)". In Oxford handbook of motivation, edited by R.M. Ryan, (2011), 505 - 519.