Effects of difficulty and incentive strength on measures of behavioral intensity

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dc.contributor.advisor Biner, Paul M. en_US
dc.contributor.author Parchert, Dawn M. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:36:23Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:36:23Z
dc.date.created 1993 en_US
dc.date.issued 1993
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1993 .P37 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/184713
dc.description.abstract This experiment was performed to assess the interactive effect of incentive strength and task difficulty using measures of behavioral intensity. Subjects faced an easy or difficult task in order to avoid having to listen to aversive radio static. Half of the subjects were to hear a loud noise and half were to hear a soft noise. Prior to task commencement, five measures of behavioral intensity were taken—two timing measures, two counting measures, and one measure involving the amount of error in filling in scantron bubbles. Results showed that one timing measure and three mood adjectives followed the predicted pattern, but not in a statistically significant fashion. The patterns indicated the energization remained low and uniform when subjects heard soft noise, but increased as a function of task difficulty when subjects were exposed to a loud noise. Results are discussed in terms of Brehn’s energization theory of motivation.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Psychological Science
dc.format.extent v, 56 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Achievement motivation. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Performance. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Incentive (Psychology) en_US
dc.title Effects of difficulty and incentive strength on measures of behavioral intensity en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/864911 en_US

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