Thursday, November 5, 2015

                After reading seeing/reading two articles, “Freakonomics” and “Drive”, it is clear that there are some differences between these two articles. To begin with, in the film, Freakonomics, the economists did an experiment on ninth grade students, Kevin and Urael. The experiment was to see if freshmen grades would improve if the students were given money at the end of each term. If the student’s grades were at a C or above, then they would receive fifty dollars. If they kept their grades up for the entire school year, 10 months, they would get a total of five hundred dollars! Second, in the film, when the students were bribed with money to increase their academic performance, Kevin did not meet the standards. Eventually, Kevin’s grades in each class he took actually decreased to the lowest grade letter, an E. Urael, on the other hand, met the standards and he was eligible for his pay. Urael worked as hard as he could because he really wanted this money and he was striving to be called the king, hence his last name is King. After running this experiment on more ninth graders, more grades increased than decreased in ninth grade students. His hard work payed off and Urael finally became “the king.”

                First off, in the book “Drive”, the economists tested monkeys, not children. They gave the monkeys puzzles to solve. Automatically, the monkeys excelled at solving these puzzles! They actually took enjoyment into solving these puzzles and they could solve them in less than 60 seconds. These monkeys were intelligent and could solve these puzzles without any trouble at all. Additionally, in the book, the economists eventually thought that the monkeys would get even more efficient at solving puzzles if they gave the monkeys raisins. Once they tested out the raisin idea, the monkeys actually did worse and solved the puzzles less frequently. The monkeys seemed to have lost their drive/spark for solving these puzzles. In the book “Drive” and the film “Freakonomic’s, there are a lot of differences that the economists do to both of their “test subjects”, children and monkeys, and the results of each bribe is different between the two experiments. 

                  In the film and the article, I personally, think that the two different experiments that the economists tested were very interesting. These experiments were so particular that it was clear that these economists took the time and planned out their ideas for their experiment(s). Both of their experiments resulted differently. For the book ¨Drive¨, the economist came to a conclusion: if someone/something is given too much of a reward, then that someone/something will most likely lose their motivation. In the book, the monkeys were excelling at solving puzzles and they had no problem at all solving them, then the economists rewarded them with raisins and the monkeys made more errors solving the puzzles. They monkeys lost their motivation to solve the puzzles. In the film, Freakonomcis, Urael fully gained his motivation after he was offered with a cash reward. He was not doing well, academically, but after he was offered money, his grades increased and not only was he happy, but his mom was too. The monkeys lost their motivation after the raisins were awarded to them, and Urael, along with other ninth grade students, gained motivation from the money awarded to him.    

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