Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The relationship between perceived control and academic performance has been addressed 1.17 a lave body of correlational research; however the effect of an internal orientation (i.e. a choice between academic tasks) on cognitive performance has not received as much attention. This study tested the hypothesis that college students' perception of control created by the belief that a choice exists between academic tasks increases cognitive performance. Participants consisted of 48 male and female college students from introduction to psychology classes and an analogy test was used to measure cognitive performance. The experimental group was made up of students who believed that they had a chance to decide the type of test that they would take whereas the control group was not given this information. As predicted, the data indicated that perceived freedom of choice fostered academic performance. The findings are discussed in terms of previous research, limitations of the study, and benefits of using the availability of options as an intervention technique.
BF1 .M63 v. 6 no. 1 1998
Cole, Stephanie and Sengchannavong, Mali
"The effect of freedom of choice on cognitive performance,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 6
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol6/iss1/3