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ERIC Number: EJ860373
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1041-6080
Expectations and Recall of Texts: The More Able-More Difficult Effect
Moe, Angelica
Learning and Individual Differences, v19 n4 p609-614 Dec 2009
Expectations about self-competence and difficulty of a task to be undertaken can foster motivation and hence affect engagement, giving rise to individual differences in performance. This effect was examined in a memory task. An increase in recall performance following instructions about high competence was hypothesised; in addition, a modulating effect of instructions about easiness or difficulty of the material was expected. Two experiments were performed, in which expectations were established by giving instructions of high or low competence and easiness or difficulty of two texts: objectively, one easy, one difficult. The results showed that being given instructions about high competence raises performance if presented alone and if difficult texts are expected when the actual text is easy: the more able-more difficult effect.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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