Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Prof. Dr. Kou Murayama (Education), University of Tübingen

Is Rewarding Children Good in Education?

Is rewarding children good in education? Numerous studies on the function of rewards in education across multiple fields (psychology, neuroscience, and education) have not yet provided a definitive answer to this question. Furthermore, the answers provided by different lines of research may vary immensely, often leading to confusion among educators. Prof. Murayama’s research focuses on bridging these different perspectives and therefore providing a more nuanced view on how rewards facilitate and undermine students’ motivation and learning process.


Kou Murayama is a full professor at the Hector Research Institute of Education Sciences and Psychology at Tübingen University. With a broad and interdisciplinary background both in basic and applied (especially educational) sciences, his research program features a “multimethod approach”, combining a number of different perspectives and methodologies to gain a comprehensive understanding of human motivation. With a number of significant achievements, Prof. Murayama is leading a new emerging field called “motivation science”. He has published more than 140 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and received many personal awards
such as the Richard E. Snow Awards for Early Contributions from American
Psychological Association and the Transforming Education Through Neuroscience Award from Learning & the Brain Foundation. He is also a recipient of highly prestigious fellowships such as Leverhulme Trust Research Leadership Award, Jacobs Foundation Advanced Fellowship, and most recently, the Humboldt professorship.