The Importance of Perceived Control: Fact or Fantasy?
ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD HUMAN ENGINEERING LAB
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A number of experimental investigations on both humans and animals are described. The results of these experiments, when taken together, lead to the conclusion that under certain conditions offering a choice can lead to the perception that one has control, which in turn significantly increases performance relative to those who do not perceive control. The implications and potential implications of these findings are discussed.