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ERIC Number: EJ847007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 86
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1076-898X
Test Length and Cognitive Fatigue: An Empirical Examination of Effects on Performance and Test-Taker Reactions
Ackerman, Phillip L.; Kanfer, Ruth
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, v15 n2 p163-181 2009
Person and situational determinants of cognitive ability test performance and subjective reactions were examined in the context of tests with different time-on-task requirements. Two hundred thirty-nine first-year university students participated in a within-participant experiment, with completely counterbalanced treatment conditions and test forms. Participants completed three test sessions of different length: (a) a standard-length SAT test battery (total time 4 1/2 hr), (b) a shorter SAT test battery (total time 3 1/2 hr), and (c) a longer SAT test battery (total time 5 1/2 hr). Consistent with expectations, subjective fatigue increased with increasing time-on-task. However, mean performance "increased" in the longer test length conditions, compared with the shorter test length condition. Individual differences in personality/interest/motivation trait complexes were found to have "greater" power than the test-length situations for predicting subjective cognitive fatigue before, during, and at the end of each test session. The relative contributions of traits and time-on-task for cognitive fatigue are discussed, along with implications for research and practice. (Contains 3 figures, 7 tables, and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)