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Mood, persistence, and success

Kavanagh, David J. (1987) Mood, persistence, and success. Australian Journal of Psychology, 39(3), pp. 307-318.

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Abstract

Tested the hypothesis that level of performance and persistence in completing tasks is affected by mood. 44 female and 41 male college students received tape-recorded instructions to recall vividly happy or sad experiences or to imagine a neutral situation. Results for the primary dependent variables on which a mood difference was predicted were analyzed with a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA). After the induction happy Ss persisted longer at an anagrams task and solved more anagrams than sad Ss. Women were also faster at reaching solutions when happy than sad. Results support the hypothesis that positive moods promote persistence and ultimate success, but they raise questions about the role of self-efficacy and the sources of gender differences.

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ID Code: 29342
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Happy vs. sad mood, Self efficacy and anagram problem solving, College students, Australia
DOI: 10.1080/00049538708259055
ISSN: 0004-9530
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 17 Dec 2009 13:59
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2010 02:27

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