Too exhausted for Operation? Anxiety, depleted self-control strength, and perceptual-motor performance

Englert, Christoph; Bertrams, Alex (2013). Too exhausted for Operation? Anxiety, depleted self-control strength, and perceptual-motor performance. Self and Identity, 12(6), pp. 650-662. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/15298868.2012.718865

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We tested the hypothesis that the interaction of self-control strength and state anxiety predicts perceptual–motor performance in a hand–eye coordination task. We predicted a stronger negative relation between anxiety and performance in a perceptual–motor task for participants whose self-control strength had been temporarily depleted compared to participants whose self-control strength was intact. In an experiment (N = 60), we manipulated self-control strength, measured state anxiety after an evaluative instruction, and assessed performance in the board game Operation as an indicator of perceptual–motor performance. The data supported our hypothesis: Only for participants whose self-control strength was temporarily depleted was there a statistically significant negative relation between anxiety and performance. Boosting self-control strength may help to prevent the potentially negative anxiety effects.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Educational Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education

UniBE Contributor:

Englert, Christoph and Bertrams, Alexander Gregor

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

1529-8868

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Noemi Martina Casola

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2015 16:39

Last Modified:

31 Jul 2017 15:56

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/15298868.2012.718865

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Anxiety, Ego depletion, Perceptual–motor performance, Self–control, Hand–eye coordination

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/64329

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