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Wednesday, April 22 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
Priming Goal Orientations in Individuals who Vary on Personality Characteristics and Self-Reported Depression

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Goal Theory categorizes motivation as either mastery oriented or performance oriented. Mastery goal orientation entails engaging in a task or activity because of genuine interest and desire to improve for oneself, whereas performance goal orientation entails engaging in a task or activity to show others capability and outperform peers. In this study participants will be primed for performance goal orientation, mastery goal orientation, or not primed at all before having their cognitive capacity assessed through administration of a unicursal puzzle task. Relationships between participants’ performance and their personality characteristics and self-reported depression will then be analyzed. Participants will also report on their interest level on the task. Independent variables include the five aspects of personality, self-reported depression, and priming group. Dependent variables are the time it takes to complete tasks, perception of performance after the initial task, and the option of completing more unicursal puzzles after completing the study. Participants in the study will be undergraduate students at a liberal arts university.


Wednesday April 22, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
Wilma Sherril Center Concourse

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