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Durik, Amanda M.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Psychology


Work--Psychological aspects; Psychology


Objective Self-Awareness (OSA) occurs when an individual thinks of him/herself as an entity. This causes self-reflection, which may either decrease task performance or increase task performance depending on an individual's expectation for success. For the current study, it was hypothesized that OSA would most likely occur in individuals with especially high expectancies for success or especially low expectancies for success, relative to those with moderate expectancies for success, and that OSA would be negatively associated with task interest performance. It was found that expectancies for success did not predict OSA in the predicted way, and OSA did not predict interest and performance. Additionally, the study tested whether a short mindfulness intervention can alleviate the negative effects of OSA for individuals with low expectancies for success. It was found that participants tended to experience better outcomes related to math performance after a mind-wandering task in the control condition, relative to a mindfulness manipulation. Theoretical implications and methodological implications are discussed.


Advisors: Amanda M. Durik.||Committee members: Holly K. Orcutt; John J. Skowronski.||Includes illustrations.||Includes bibliographical references.


86 pages




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