Task Incentives, Type A Behavior Pattern, and Verbal Problem Solving Performance

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Journal Article

A laboratory experiment was conducted to investigate the interaction between task incentives and the Type A behavior pattern in determining performance during a task of verbal problem solving. The results indicated that Type A subjects responded more quickly and more frequently than their Type B counterparts. In addition, evidence suggested that a situational characteristic–whether instructions offered a monetary reward or served as an evaluative stressor–affected subjects differently depending on their behavior pattern classification. These findings suggest that Pattern A behavior occurs as a response to challenges signifying the potential for reward as well as a threat of failure. Implications for future research emphasize the need to investigate the characteristics of the situation and the task, as well as the individual. Copyright © 1980, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Blumenthal, JA; McKee, DC; Haney, T; Williams, RB

Published Date

  • January 1, 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 101 - 114

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1559-1816

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9029

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1980.tb00696.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus