Task Differences, Stylistic Characteristics and Physiological Arousal.
MILTON S HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER HERSHEY PA DEPT OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE
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This research was designed to determine the effects of cognitivebehavioral styles, in general, and of the General Incongruity Adaptation Level GIAL, in particular, on physiological arousal under a variety of task conditions. It was found that load stressors in many cases produce changes in blood pressure levels which appear to parallel previous findings showing them to be related to various indices of task performance. Particularly the GIAL style and to lesser degrees cognitive complexity and Type A, in that order appear to mediate when load stressor effects on arousal do occur. The present research provides the basis for planned research efforts which will be concerned with potential covariation of task performance measures such as risk taking and utilization of strategy and physiological responsivity, as they are jointly affected by behavioral styles and task stressor e.g., load levels.