The Effects of Nonconscious and Conscious Goals on Performance

  • Seitchik A
  • Harkins S
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Abstract

The social loafing paradigm (Harkins & Szymanski, 1987) was used to examine how nonconscious motivation combines with the effects of the potential for self- and external evaluation to affect task performance. Before generating uses for a common object, participants were primed with an achievement goal or not, given one of three conscious goal instructions, and told that their outputs would be evaluated by the experimenter or not. Results suggest that the effects of the nonconscious prime are shaped by the way that the task is defined and the manner in which the participants consciously respond to these instructions. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR], Copyright of Basic & Applied Social Psychology is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty i)

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  • Allison E. Seitchik

  • Stephen G. Harkins

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