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ERIC Number: EJ815627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 80
ISSN: ISSN-1446-5442
Information-Processing and Perceptions of Control: How Attribution Style Affects Task-Relevant Processing
Yeigh, Tony
Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, v7 p120-138 2007
This study investigated the effects of perceived controllability on information processing within Weiner's (1985, 1986) attributional model of learning. Attributional style was used to identify trait patterns of controllability for 37 university students. Task-relevant feedback on an information-processing task was then manipulated to test for differences in working memory function between participants with high versus low levels of trait controllability. Processing efficiency occurred differently for hi-trait and lo-trait types. Results supported the hypothesis that trait controllability exerts a moderating effect on the way task-relevant feedback is processed. A selective encoding of information was evident, involving processing limitations inherent to the working memory system. These findings mark an important consideration for the way in which information is presented during the learning process. (Contains 10 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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