Thesis Title

An Examination of Experimentally-Manipulated Enacted Support Upon Cognitive Performance and Cognitive Interference

Author

Robert McCool

Date of Graduation

Summer 1996

Degree

Master of Science in Psychology

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

David Lutz

Subject Categories

Psychology

Abstract

This study examined the effects of enacted negative, neutral, and positive support and gender on cognitive performance, cognitive interference, and task attribution. An experimenter explained to participants how to perform the anagram task, gave a stress-arousal statement and a statement of negative, neutral, or positive enacted support. A manipulation check indicated that participants perceived levels of support appropriately. However, type of enacted support had no significant influence upon cognitive performance or cognitive interference. Little evidence was found supporting the influence of enacted support on task attributions. Those participants who received positive support found the task more boring than those who received neutral suport. Gender was related to cognitive performance, as females outperformed males.

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© Robert McCool

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