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The purpose of this study was to demonstrate that the positive link between task interest and performance attainment can be negatively affected by the pursuit of difficult performance-approach goals. This was tested in a sample of 60 undergraduate students at a Dutch university. In line with expectations, for difficult performance-approach goals there was no link between task interest and performance attainment. Furthermore, among women this relation turned out to be negative. In an easydoi:10.5334/pb-48-2-3-93 fatcat:jqazfvffvfeg3nv5cblo25q3wu