Date of Award

Summer 1991

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Committee Director

Terry L. Dickinson

Committee Member

Glynn D. Coates

Committee Member

Robert M. McIntyre

Committee Member

Nancy M. Norman-Olivo


The purpose of the present research was to evaluate the effects of the level of task difficulty, the value of the goal, and the amount of effort required to obtain feedback on the frequency of feedback-seeking behaviors (FSB). The design was a 2 (task difficulty) x 2 (goal value) x 2 (effort) x 3 (day) mixed model analysis of variance. Eighty undergraduates were randomly assigned to one of eight experimental conditions. Each participant played a computerized stock market game for three "days". Three types of referent feedback and three types of appraisal feedback were available. The results indicated that more feedback-seeking was undertaken when the effort required to obtain the feedback was low. High goal value did not increase the amount of feedback-seeking. Participants sought more feedback under the low task difficulty condition, which was counter to that hypothesized. The interpretation of these results and suggestions for future research are discussed.


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