There are three theories of intrinsic motivation:

  1. Need-Satisfaction theory
  2. Self-determination theory
  3. Cognitive evaluation theory (CET)

The theories identify the following innate needs:

  • competence
  • relatedness
  • autonomy.


  1. What is the core difference between these theories?
  2. In what sense are they different?
  3. Where would it be best to use these theories?

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