When fatigue promotes striving: Confirmation that success importance moderates resource depletion influence on effort-related cardiovascular response

  • Wright R
  • Patrick B
  • Thomas C
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Undergraduate volunteers performed an easy (fatigue low) or difficult (fatigue high) counting task and then were presented a difficult scanning task with instructions that the task was or was not diagnostic of an important ability (low versus high ego-involvement, respectively). As expected, systolic blood pressure responses in the second work period were positively proportional to fatigue where ego-involvement (and, thus, success importance) was high, but not where ego-involvement (and, thus, importance) was low. The pressure findings provide fresh support for the suggestion of a recent fatigue analysis that importance should moderate fatigue influence on effort-related CV responses to a performance challenge so long as fatigued performers view success as possible, conceptually replicating and extending effects from a previous fatigue experiment. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Ability
  • Active coping
  • Cardiovascular response
  • Efficacy
  • Ego-involvement
  • Mental fatigue
  • Performance resources
  • Resource depletion
  • Success importance

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  • Wang ZouShanghai Jiao Tong University

  • Brett M. Patrick

  • Casey Thomas

  • Patricia Barreto

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