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dc.contributor.authorAlquist, JL
dc.contributor.authorBaumeister, RF
dc.contributor.authorTice, DM
dc.contributor.authorCore, TJ
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-17T04:19:31Z
dc.date.available2020-11-17T04:19:31Z
dc.date.issued2020-10-06
dc.identifier.citationAlquist, J. L., Baumeister, R. F., Tice, D. M. & Core, T. J. (2020). What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Uncertainty Impairs Executive Function. FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, 11, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.576001.
dc.identifier.issn1664-1078
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11343/251773
dc.description.abstractThree studies demonstrated that situational uncertainty impairs executive function on subsequent unrelated tasks. Participants were randomly assigned to either uncertain situations (not knowing whether they would have to give a speech later, Studies 1-2; uncertain about how to complete a task, Study 3) or control conditions. Uncertainty caused poor performance on tasks requiring executive function that were unrelated to the uncertainty manipulation. Uncertainty impaired performance even more than certainty of negative outcomes (might vs. definitely will have to make a speech). A meta-analysis of the experimental studies in this package found that the effect is small and reliable. One potential explanation for this effect of uncertainty on executive function is that uncertainty is a cue for conserving effort.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherFRONTIERS MEDIA SA
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
dc.titleWhat You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Uncertainty Impairs Executive Function
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/fpsyg.2020.576001
melbourne.affiliation.departmentMelbourne Graduate School of Education
melbourne.source.titleFrontiers in Psychology
melbourne.source.volume11
dc.rights.licenseCC BY
melbourne.elementsid1478608
melbourne.contributor.authorBaumeister, Roy
dc.identifier.eissn1664-1078
melbourne.accessrightsOpen Access


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