ERIC Number: ED229713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct-27
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Interaction between Anxiety and Attention.
Sacks, Joanne; And Others
Current test anxiety theory suggests that achievement differences between high and low anxious students are due to differences in attention. In an attempt to investigate the interaction between various components of test anxiety, stress, and tasks measuring attentional flexibility, undergraduate students (N=45) completed Sarason's Test Anxiety Scale and the Worry-Emotionality Scale (Liebert and Morris). Each subject was assigned to a high stress condition or a control condition, both of which involved listening tasks. Data analyses indicated that there was no significant interaction between test anxiety and stress. However, a main effect for worry was detected, suggesting that this cognitive component of test anxiety negatively affects the attentional processing of anxious students. The results suggest that future research attempt to incorporate performance tasks that require differing levels of cognitive processing. (AG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sarason Test Anxiety Scale; Selective Attention Test (Wahl); Worry Emotionality Scale (Liebert and Morris)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (13th, Falk View, NY, October 25-28, 1982).