Accession Number:

ADA139102

Title:

Effects of Task Load, Task Speed and Cognitive Complexity on Satisfaction.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

MILTON S HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER HERSHEY PA DEPT OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE

Report Date:

1983-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

This research investigated the effects of information work load and of individual stylistic differences in cognitive complexity on satisfaction. Subjects participated in an experimental visual motor task in which task speed and load were varied. Satisfaction with and enjoyment of participationperformance were measured. As reported in previous research, cognitive complexity does affect satisfaction. However, multiple stressor load plus speed at excessive levels diminishes the difference between more vs. less cognitively complex individuals. In general, increasing task difficulty as manipulated and perceived resulted in decreasing with increasing load but increased marginally with increasing task speed. It appears that satisfaction and enjoyment are two quite distinct phenomena. While cognitive complexity has no effect on satisfaction at high load levels, it does distinguish among persons enjoyment of a task presented under high load conditions. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE