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dc.contributor.advisorParker, Chris P.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBudden, Jill Susanen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-12-21T15:32:29Z
dc.date.available2016-12-21T15:32:29Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.urihttp://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/17218
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages [91]-97).en_US
dc.description.abstractWork motivation theorists have only recently addressed the importance of studying nonconscious motivation in addition to conscious motivation and the relationship between the two. The primary purpose of the current investigation was to further develop work motivation theories by investigating the individual and joint effects of conscious, chronic, and nonconscious achievement goals on task performance (i.e., performance on a brainstorming task). Further, in addition to priming a nonconscious achievement goal through a sentence unscrambling task, the current study aimed to trigger a nonconscious achievement goal through a more work-related environmental cue - motivational posters. Additionally, the current study investigated whether a motivational prime or a chronic high achievement goal would cause one to set higher goals and subsequently affect task performance. Finally, the current study investigated the integrative method of personality assessment by assessing the combined effects of implicit and explicit achievement motivation and explicit fear of failure. It is argued that examining and combining both implicit and explicit measurement methods provides a clearer understanding of why individuals perform as they do. Overall, study results indicated a direct effect of conscious goal and a marginal effect of nonconscious goal on task performance. Specifically, a difficult goal resulted in higher task performance versus the combination of easy, do-your-best, and self-set goals. Additionally, the achievement-primed participants performed at a marginally higher level versus the motivational-posters-primed and neutral-primed participants. Hence, exposure to motivational posters did not trigger a nonconscious achievement goal. Further, motivational primes did not cause one to set higher goals, and participants with a chronic high achievement goal were not more likely to set higher goals versus participants with a nonchronic high achievement goal. Finally, the integrative method of personality assessment indicated that different interactive combinations of implicit and explicit achievement motivation and explicit fear of failure resulted in different levels of task performance, indicating that solely relying on explicit or implicit indicators of personality may be overly simplistic.en_US
dc.format.extentx, 151 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subject.lcshEmployee motivation--Psychological aspectsen_US
dc.subject.lcshJob enrichment--Psychological aspectsen_US
dc.titleAchievement Motivation : the effects of conscious, chronic, and nonconscious goals on task performanceen_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Psychologyen_US
dc.description.degreePh.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)en_US


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