Accession Number : AD0738549

Title :   The Effect of Payoff Matrix Manipulation on the Performance of a Visual Monitoring Task,

Corporate Author : TEXAS TECH UNIV LUBBOCK

Personal Author(s) : Blackwell,Peggy J. ; Halcomb,Charles G.

Report Date : MAR 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : Although the construct of motivation poses a problem for research on the performance of a vigilance task, it is imperative that any investigator consider the motivational state of his subject. An adequate explanation and accurate prediction of the performance on a vigilance task is impossible unless a construct similar to that of motivation is used. The data of the investigation indicate that a high level of performance can be maintained over time if appropriate incentives are used. Extra course credit made contingent upon performance offers one method for motivating subjects in the vigilance task. The conclusion may also be drawn that a payoff matrix is a potent method for investigation of incentive, allowing the experimenter to manipulate the incentive, to remove any internal contradictions from the instructions, and to set goals for the subjects. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ATTENTION, *MOTIVATION), VISUAL PERCEPTION, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN)

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE