Motivation and Perceptual Selectivity Using Need for Achievement and Hostile Press Measures.
STATE UNIV OF NEW YORK ALBANY DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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Male students from an introductory psychology course were employed as subjects in an experiment to investigate the perceptual accuracy of subjects classified by a pattern of interactions between three levels of need for achievement and three levels of hostile press. The experiment was presented after a detailed critique of design problems inherent in previous research investigating a motivation-perception relationship. Data were obtained by assaying responses to tachistoscopic presentations of word-stimuli relating to various aspects of the achievement situation or neutral words and were corrected for response tendencies by means of a measure obtained by presentations of typewritten hash-marks. Perceptual selectivity to specific word types was found to be specific to certain motive-measure groups. Implications of the findings were considered for the purpose of future design in experiments utilizing these motive measures. Author