Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Clemm Kessler, III


The present study involved two separate experiments. Experiment I involved a group of Psychology 101 students who had not purchased a local publication named Lecture Notes for the Psychology 101 lectures. These students were then classified as high and low achievers by utilizing the n Ach scale of the EPPS, and high and low in ability by their respective SCAT score. One of half the subjects in each of the four groups were given a free set of Lecture Notes to the Psychology 101 lectures. Performance on Psychology 101 exams became the dependent variable. Lecture Notes and the n Ach were shown to be nonsignificant while ability was shown to be a significant predictor of academic performance. Experiment II examined the same ability and n Ach measures for students who had purchased the Lecture Notes. Ability was a significant predictor of performance while n Ach and Lecture Notes were not.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright Edward W. Sefic November, 1971