Date of Award
Union College Only
Bachelor of Science
practice, participants, imagined, optimistic, pessimistic
This study aimed to investigate how one’s degree of optimism or pessimism affects the cognitive and motor aspects of explicit and implicit learning. Optimistic and pessimistic participants were assigned to either a physical practice or imagined practice conditions with a digit data entry task on a computer. It was anticipated that optimistic participants would do better on an immediate typing test and tests of explicit and implicit memory for the numbers they typed during practice compared to pessimistic participants. Specifically, the participants expected to do the best on the tests following practice were those who were optimistic and used imagined practice. Those expected to do the worst were the participants who were pessimistic and used imagined practice. Significant interactions were found between the optimism/pessimism continuum and the physical/imagined practice conditions.
Goodman, Diana S., "The effect of optimism and imagined or physical practice on learning" (2010). Honors Theses. 1139.