The Impact of Achievement Goal States on Working Memory
Avery, RE and Smillie, LD (2012) The Impact of Achievement Goal States on Working Memory Motivation and Emotion.
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The present study examines the influence of achievement goal states on working memory under varying executive load. Seventy-six undergraduate students were randomly assigned to either a mastery-approach condition (goal was to develop self-referential competence), a performance- approach condition (goal was to demonstrate normative competence) or a control condition (no goal assigned) prior to completing the N-Back working memory task. Analyses revealed achievement goal effects on working memory under high executive load (3-back) but not under the less demanding loads (1-back, 2-back). Under high load, pursuit of a performance-approach goal resulted in poorer working memory processing than pursuit of a mastery-approach goal or no-goal control. Findings are unlikely to be confounded by cognitive ability, working memory capacity or state-anxiety. Contributions to the motivation–cognition interface and suggestions for future research are discussed.
|Divisions :||Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology|
|Date :||25 March 2012|
|Identification Number :||10.1007/s11031-012-9287-4|
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|Additional Information :||The original publications is available at: http://link.springer.com/journal/volumesAndIssues/11031|
|Depositing User :||Symplectic Elements|
|Date Deposited :||12 Dec 2012 16:09|
|Last Modified :||23 Sep 2013 19:42|
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