Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Clemons C. Kessler, III

Second Advisor

James Thomas

Third Advisor

Jack A. Hill


Eighty undergraduate students who were enrolled in introductory psychology classes were used to determine the effects which participation in decision-making on a goal directed task has on performance and attitudes. The Ss were randomly assigned to one of four treatment groups, defined by type of participation in decision-making. The Ss were either permitted to select or were assigned performance goals and were either permitted to select or were assigned a sequence in which to perform an arithmetic task.

The results of the study suggest that type of participation in decision-making can under certain circumstances have significant effects on performance attitudes in a goal directed way.

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