ERIC Number: ED193283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Humor and Anxiety: Effects on Class Test Performance.
Townsend, Michael A. R.; Mahoney, Peggy
The roles of humor and anxiety in test performance were investigated. Measures of trait anxiety, state anxiety and achievement were obtained on a sample of undergraduate students; the A-Trait and A-State scales of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory were used. Half of the students received additional humorous items in the achievement test. The purpose of the study was to examine the assumption that the introduction of humor into the academic test situation would facilitate achievement test performance for highly anxious students. Results of the study did not support this thesis; this finding conflicts with two previous investigations of the interaction of humor and anxiety in test performance. The major difference between the studies involves the method of humor presentation. The inclusion of humorous items as a pedagogical device may, however, be detrimental to high anxiety students, who displayed lower achievement than the low anxiety students on the humorous version of the test. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: State Trait Anxiety Inventory (Spielberger)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).