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Implicit achievement motive limits the impact of task difficulty on effort-related cardiovascular response

Mazeres, F, Brinkmann, K and Richter, M (2019) Implicit achievement motive limits the impact of task difficulty on effort-related cardiovascular response. Journal of Research in Personality, 82. ISSN 0092-6566

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Abstract

In contrast to the motive literature, motivational intensity theory predicts that the implicit achievement motive (nAch) should only exert an indirect impact on effort by limiting the impact of task difficulty. To contrast these two views, sixty-eight participants with a low or high nAch performed an easy or difficult arithmetic task. Effort was assessed using cardiac pre-ejection period (PEP). Supporting motivational intensity theory’s view, PEP response was low in both easy-task conditions but stronger in the high-nAch group than in the low-nAch group in the difficult task. These findings suggest that nAch exerts an indirect effect on effort investment by setting the maximally justified effort instead of directly determining the amount of effort that is invested to satisfy the motive.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1702 Cognitive Sciences
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Elsevier BV
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2019 09:28
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2019 09:30
DOI or Identification number: 10.1016/j.jrp.2019.06.012
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11116

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