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ERIC Number: ED134910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May-6
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Relation of Properties of Causal Attribution and Success Feedback to Performance Efficiency.
Latta, R. Michael; And Others
This study (N=160 males) examined the cognitive and behavioral effects of overt success feedback on subjects high and low in resultant achievement motivation (RAM). The cognitive effects of overt success feedback were investigated by requesting attributions to effort, ability, luck, and task difficulty concerning performance on a digit-symbol substitution task. Employment of a transfer design indicated overt success feedback to have an incentive motivation effect on performance efficiency at a subsequent verbal learning task. The results were interpreted within the general learning theory framework combined with the achievement and test anxiety models. The interpretation offered considers the various experimental conditions as sources of motivation. Overt success feedback is regarded as a source of incentive motivation, high RAM subjects are viewed as motivated by competition against standards of excellence, low RAM subjects are regarded as motivated by a threatening testing situation, and the attribution process is viewed as a cue defining the situation as achievement oriented. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association (Chicago, Illinois, May 6-8, 1976)