- Challenging assignments and activating mood: the influence of goal orientation
- Journal of Applied Social Psychology
- Volume | Issue number
- 44 | 10
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
We examined the impact of induced goal orientation on individuals' positive- and negative-activating mood when taking part in high- or low-challenging assignments. Results indicated that performing a low-challenging assignment leads to a higher positive-activating mood with a performance-approach orientation than with a mastery approach, or no goal orientation. In contrast, conducting a high-challenging assignment leads to a higher positive-activating mood with a mastery approach than with a performance approach, or no goal orientation. These findings suggest that high-challenging assignments are best instructed with a focus on learning whereas low-challenging assignments are best instructed with a focus on superior performance.
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