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Failure cue priming and impaired cognitive performance-analyses of avoidance motivation as a mediator and fear of failure as a moderator


Schüler, Julia; Brandstätter, Veronika; Baumann, Nicola (2013). Failure cue priming and impaired cognitive performance-analyses of avoidance motivation as a mediator and fear of failure as a moderator. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43(5):335-343.

Abstract

The present research investigates whether and how learned symbols for failure reduce task performance. We tested the effect of number priming in two countries with different learning histories for numbers. Priming numbers associated with failure (6 in Germany and 1 in Switzerland) were hypothesized to reduce performance. As expected, in Switzerland, priming with the failure number 1 reduced performance (Study 1), whereas in Germany, priming with the failure number 6 impaired performance in analogy tasks (Study 2). Study 2 additionally analyzed the mechanism and showed that the relationship between failure number priming and performance was mediated by evoked avoidance motivation and that dispositional fear of failure moderated this mediation.

Abstract

The present research investigates whether and how learned symbols for failure reduce task performance. We tested the effect of number priming in two countries with different learning histories for numbers. Priming numbers associated with failure (6 in Germany and 1 in Switzerland) were hypothesized to reduce performance. As expected, in Switzerland, priming with the failure number 1 reduced performance (Study 1), whereas in Germany, priming with the failure number 6 impaired performance in analogy tasks (Study 2). Study 2 additionally analyzed the mechanism and showed that the relationship between failure number priming and performance was mediated by evoked avoidance motivation and that dispositional fear of failure moderated this mediation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:16 Dec 2013 09:09
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:14
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0046-2772
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/ejsp.1942

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