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Effects of task difficulty and Type A behavior pattern on the inverted-u relationship between stress level and performance

dc.contributor.advisorJamieson, John
dc.contributor.authorVitassi, Susan A.
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-06T13:40:21Z
dc.date.available2017-06-06T13:40:21Z
dc.date.created1982
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca/handle/2453/2332
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was twofold: to examine the effects of task difficulty and the Type A Behavior Pattern on the inverted-U relationship between stress level (arousal) and performance, and to examine possible Type A/B differences in response to competition. A 2 X 2 factorial design was used in this study. The two factors were the type of task (simple or complex) and the behavior pattern of the subject (Type A or Type B)* Subjects were 60 males from introductory psychology classes at Lakehead University. Three male confederates were employed to act as competitors against experimental subjects. Subjects practiced either a simple (digit letter) task or a complex (colour letter) task for seven trials, and then competed against a confederate on the eighth trial. Tonic heart rate was recorded throughout the study as a physiological measure of stress, pleasantness ratings were obtained as a cognitive, evaluative measure of stress, and performance on the task was recorded as a behavioral measure of stress.
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectStress (Psychology)
dc.subjectPersonality
dc.titleEffects of task difficulty and Type A behavior pattern on the inverted-u relationship between stress level and performance
dc.typeThesis
etd.degree.nameMaster of Arts
etd.degree.levelMaster
etd.degree.disciplinePsychology
etd.degree.grantorLakehead University


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