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dc.contributor.advisorJacobs, W. Jakeen
dc.contributor.authorWithers, Daniel Wyatt
dc.creatorWithers, Daniel Wyatten
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-11T17:39:26Z
dc.date.available2017-08-11T17:39:26Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/625253
dc.description.abstractOne experiment investigated the influence of a validated stressor, the Fear Factor Stress Test, on rule adherence behaviors. Using a computer generated virtual space, the C-G Arena, participants were given instructions to find visible and invisible targets in either a stress manipulated condition (the Fear Factor Stress Test) or control. Instructions regarding the location of the target were manipulated between experiments to explore how rules with varying levels of accuracy are obeyed. One group received minimal instructions, one received accurate instructions, and one received a set of instructions that did not match the environmental contingencies. Results in all conditions showed that participants adhered to the prescriptive rule even when the rule did not reflect the environmental contingencies. In the stressful conditions, participants showed increased adherence behaviors, results consistent with the literature illustrating that stress increases habit behaviors. Results will be discussed in reference to rule adherence, stress, and future interpretations of the Yerkes-Dodson law.
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.titleStress and Rule Adherenceen_US
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dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en
refterms.dateFOA2018-09-11T22:19:33Z
html.description.abstractOne experiment investigated the influence of a validated stressor, the Fear Factor Stress Test, on rule adherence behaviors. Using a computer generated virtual space, the C-G Arena, participants were given instructions to find visible and invisible targets in either a stress manipulated condition (the Fear Factor Stress Test) or control. Instructions regarding the location of the target were manipulated between experiments to explore how rules with varying levels of accuracy are obeyed. One group received minimal instructions, one received accurate instructions, and one received a set of instructions that did not match the environmental contingencies. Results in all conditions showed that participants adhered to the prescriptive rule even when the rule did not reflect the environmental contingencies. In the stressful conditions, participants showed increased adherence behaviors, results consistent with the literature illustrating that stress increases habit behaviors. Results will be discussed in reference to rule adherence, stress, and future interpretations of the Yerkes-Dodson law.


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