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00000175-b316-d35a-a3f7-bbdefeea0000Each week on Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, explore different aspects of human behavior and the brain.In conversations hosted by producer Rebecca McInroy, the two renowned psychologists cover everything from the effects of sugar on the brain, to what's happening in our minds while we sleep, and much, much more.Listen to the Two Guys every Friday at 7:51 a.m., 1:49 and 4:51 p.m. on KUT-FM. You can always dig into the posts below or checkout and subscribe to podcasts via iTunes. We'd love to know what you're curious about! Email us your topics and suggestions at twoguys@kut.org. And follow Two Guys on Twitter: @2GoYH

What's Wrong With Rewarding Mediocrity?

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Kids these days typically get a trophy for participation in most events. Some argue that the practice ultimately serves as a disincentive for a child to compete. Others ask, if your kid is smiling, what more do you want?

In this week's edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke look into the system of reward and evaluate what we are rewarding and why.

It's totally understandable that you want to keep your kids from the feeling of disappointment. 

What some forget is that the feeling of disappointment gives some the needed push to do better, to practice more, and to improve your skills. No matter whether or not you have a trophy now, using the energy you felt from that disappointing experience, made you the person you are today.

Dr. Duke points out, that kids are really savvy when it comes to the work they do and the reward they recieve. If they don't feel they really worked at something, they might call your bluff pretty quickly.

There are valuable lessons we learned from our losses and our failures throughout life, allowing our kids to learn from their's isn't such a bad thing. 

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