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In experimental psychology, an object or goal of motivated behavior.
[LL. incentivus, provocative]


Any stimulus that encourages a desired response. Incentives may be provided to patients (e.g., to ensure adherence to treatment plans), to practitioners (e.g., to improve productivity or job performance), or to students (e.g., to improve grades).

financial incentive

A cash payment made to a patient who achieves a health-related goal such as sustaining a weight loss over a 6-month period or maintaining abstinence from a toxic substance.
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As motivation is driven by incentives, the provision of incentives and the minimization of disincentives are crucial to planning faculty development activities for the newcomer to distance education.
Reducing current disincentives for saving by treating tuition savings plans as parental assets rather than student assets in the calculation of expected family contribution (EFC).
This testing would have been extremely costly and a strong disincentive to facilities wishing to improve degassing efficiency.
insists that patients be offered continued treatment after the trial -- a disincentive for the manufacturers or anyone else to provide drugs.
The Commission is concerned that certain provisions of that law could act as a disincentive on investment from other member states in violation of EC treaty rules on the free movement of capital and the right of establishment,' the Commission said.
Therefore, if this crime is ever to be eliminated, a system of international criminal law and enforcement will have to be developed to provide the necessary disincentive that is lacking in nature.
They offer service at no charge to the public in order that financial barriers not be a disincentive for couples to learning a natural method.
to examine the impact of a disincentive fee to encourage municipal and industrial users to comply with the district's regulatory plan to convert to surface water sources instead of groundwater.
In addition, financial incentive and disincentive programs continue to grow in popularity, with 40 percent of companies offering them, compared with 29 percent in 1994.
In its current form, the draft standard may foster a disincentive for the injured employee to return to work following a workplace-related musculoskeletal disorder," Estabrook said.
The story I related at the beginning of this column is a perfect example of making the changes to incentive and disincentive systems needed to support change.