EFFECTS OF STRESS ON STATE ANXIETY AND PERFORMANCE IN COMPUTER-ASSISTED LEARNING.
FLORIDA STATE UNIV TALLAHASSEE COMPUTER-ASSISTED INSTRUCTION CENTER
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The study tested hypotheses about the effects of anxiety on learning derived from drive and trait-state anxiety theory. The effects of stress on state anxiety A-State and on performance in a computer-assisted learning task were investigated for female introductory college students who differed in anxiety proneness A-Trait. The Ss were selected on the basis of extreme scores on the A-trait scale of the state-trait anxiety inventory. Stress was induced by feedback concerning performance on a mathematical learning task which was presented by an IBM system. In the stress condition, Ss received negative feedback about performance. The Ss in the nonstress condition were given a brief rest period in place of the negative feedback. Author