The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation


The present study aimed to examine the effects of time pressure and attributions on a simple task. It was hypothesized that under time pressure, participants would, report lower stress levels when given a stress relief object. A total of 40 participants took part in this study. Participants were assigned to one of four conditions and told to complete a word search. Participants were either told or not told about a two minute limit and provided or not provided a stress ball during the task. Stress balls were used to determine whether participants experiencing pressure from a time limit would attribute stress relief to the object. After the passage of two minutes, participants were asked to rate level of stress experienced during the task. The results obtained did not support the experimental hypothesis. Implications of these findings are discussed.

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