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

Englert, Chris ; Bertrams, Alex

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: Self and Identity
Volume: 12
Issue number: 6
Page range: 650-662
Place of publication: London [u.a.]
Publishing house: Taylor & Francis [u.a.]
ISSN: 1529-8868 , 1529-8876
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Pädagogische Psychologie (Dickhäuser)
Subject: 150 Psychology
Abstract: 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.

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