When mental context moderates effects of directed thinking on intentions to perform self-beneficial behaviors [electronic resource] /Show full item record
|Title||When mental context moderates effects of directed thinking on intentions to perform self-beneficial behaviors [electronic resource] /|
|Author||Mittie, Shanna Kaye|
|Description||Title from dissertation title page (viewed May. 21, 2009).
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Texas Christian University, 2009.
Department of Psychology; advisor, Charles G. Lord.
Includes bibliographical references.
Text (electronic thesis) in PDF.
Directed Thinking about Facilitating Actions (DTFA) has proven to be a powerful tool for increasing intentions to engage in self-beneficial activities such as studying and exercising. Experiment 1 tested whether an appropriate (but not inappropriate) mental context can augment the effectiveness of DTFA, because an appropriate mental context increases the perceived likelihood (but not the perceived desirability) of the self-beneficial activity. When participants imagined themselves in an appropriate mental context for exercising (Rec Center) DTFA increased future exercise intentions. Experiment 2 tested the same hypothesis but also looked at different temporal actions, more temporal specific measures, immediate and delayed measures as well additional control groups that are important for understanding these effects. DTFA had no effect on exercise intentions, however, listing Directed Thinking about Episode Actions inhibited future exercise intentions. Participants who were high visualizers found exercise more feasible and desirable than low visualizers. Low visualizers overestimated their number of exercise sessions most after they had imagined themselves generating ideas in the library, and least with no mental context. High visualizers, in contrast, overestimated their number of exercise sessions least when they had imagined themselves generating ideas in the library, and most with no mental context.
|Subject||Thought and thinking.
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