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Approaching Your Goal

Title: Approaching Your Goal: Affects of Goal Pursuits on Motor Actions.
Name(s): Coyle, Jacqueline M., author
Kaschak, Michael, professor directing thesis
Ehrlinger, Joyce, committee member
Kelley, Colleen, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This study uses two experiments to explore the extent to which goal pursuits affect automatic motor responses. At the beginning of each experiment, participants were given experiences that induced certain goal states. Participants then completed a lexical decision task in which they responded (using approach and avoidance arm movements) to stimuli consistent with, irrelevant to, or in opposition to achieving their goal. Of interest was whether facilitation of the responses occurred when the direction of the movement (approaching or avoiding the stimuli) was consistent with achieving one's goal (and whether inhibition of the responses occurred when the direction of the movement was in opposition to one achieve one's goal). The results of both experiments show that participants' responses were not affected by their goal-states as predicted. Possible explanations are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3344 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2009.
Date of Defense: July 2, 2009.
Keywords: Goals, Embodiment, Approach and Avoidance
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Michael Kaschak, Professor Directing Thesis; Joyce Ehrlinger, Committee Member; Colleen Kelley, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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