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dc.contributor.authorTurner, Martin J.
dc.contributor.authorJones, Marc V.
dc.contributor.authorSheffield, David
dc.contributor.authorBarker, Jamie B.
dc.contributor.authorCoffee, Peter
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-25T14:53:20Zen
dc.date.available2016-01-25T14:53:20Zen
dc.date.issued2014-07-15en
dc.identifier.citationTurner, M. et al (2014) 'Manipulating cardiovascular indices of challenge and threat using resource appraisals.', International Journal of Psychophysiology, 94 (1), pp. 9-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2014.07.004en
dc.identifier.issn0167-8760en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2014.07.004en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/594809en
dc.description.abstractChallenge and threat reflect two distinct psychophysiological approaches to motivated performance situations. Challenge is related to superior performance in a range of tasks compared to threat, thus methods to promote challenge are valuable. In this paper we manipulate challenge and threat cardiovascular reactivity using only resource appraisals, without altering perceived task demands between challenge and threat conditions. Study 1 used a competitive throwing task and Study 2 used a physically demanding climbing task. In both studies challenge task instructions led to challenge cardiovascular reactivity and threat task instructions led to threat cardiovascular reactivity. In Study 1, participants who received challenge instructions performed better than participants who received threat instructions. In Study 2, attendance at the climbing task did not differ across groups. The findings have implications for stress management in terms of focusing on manipulating appraisals of upcoming tasks by promoting self-efficacy and perceived control and focusing on approach goals. Future research could more reliably assess the influence of similar task instructions on performance.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016787601400172Xen
dc.subjectChallengeen
dc.subjectThreaten
dc.titleManipulating cardiovascular indices of challenge and threat using resource appraisals.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentStaffordshire Universityen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Stirlingen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Psychophysiologyen
html.description.abstractChallenge and threat reflect two distinct psychophysiological approaches to motivated performance situations. Challenge is related to superior performance in a range of tasks compared to threat, thus methods to promote challenge are valuable. In this paper we manipulate challenge and threat cardiovascular reactivity using only resource appraisals, without altering perceived task demands between challenge and threat conditions. Study 1 used a competitive throwing task and Study 2 used a physically demanding climbing task. In both studies challenge task instructions led to challenge cardiovascular reactivity and threat task instructions led to threat cardiovascular reactivity. In Study 1, participants who received challenge instructions performed better than participants who received threat instructions. In Study 2, attendance at the climbing task did not differ across groups. The findings have implications for stress management in terms of focusing on manipulating appraisals of upcoming tasks by promoting self-efficacy and perceived control and focusing on approach goals. Future research could more reliably assess the influence of similar task instructions on performance.


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