Performance Feedback Effects under Varying Conditions of Goals, Feedback Type, and Choice.
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MICHIGAN STATE UNIV EAST LANSING
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Three studies were conducted to investigate the effects of goal setting and feedback on quality and quantity performance dimensions of a task. The purpose of the research was to 1 demonstrate the interactive effect of goals and feedback on performance, 2 investigate the effects of different types of feedback on motivation and learning in the presence of goals, and 3 explore the effects on motivation, learning and performance variables on allowing individuals the freedom to choose to receive feedback. In all three experiments, subjects used a microcomputer to respond to a proofreading task. The results indicated that goal setting and feedback do interact to affect performance and that the cognitive processes involved in the interaction are more likely to be strategy-oriented rather than motivational. Author