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Clarity of task difficulty moderates the impact of the explicit achievement motive on physical effort in hand grip tasks

Richter, M, Mazeres, F and Brinkmann, K (2021) Clarity of task difficulty moderates the impact of the explicit achievement motive on physical effort in hand grip tasks. PLoS One, 16 (6). ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

Stable personality dispositions, like motives, are often assumed to exert a direct, stable impact on behavior. This also applies to the explicit achievement motive, which is supposed to influence the behavior that individuals select and how strongly they engage in it. Drawing on motivational intensity theory, we demonstrated in two studies that explicit achievement motive strength only predicted exerted force in a hand grip task if task difficulty was unclear. If task difficulty was clear, explicit achievement motive strength did not influence exerted force. Our findings suggest that the availability of information about the difficulty of motive satisfaction moderates the impact of the explicit achievement motive on behavior.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology (new Sep 2019)
Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2021 10:27
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2021 10:30
DOI or Identification number: 10.1371/journal.pone.0252713
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15109

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