The Huron University College Journal of Learning and Motivation

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The Effect of Achievement Motivation on the Zeigranik Effect


Dana Mandowsky


A study was conducted to investigate the relationship between achievement motivation and the recall of words in complete and incomplete tasks. Forty undergraduate students from Canadian universities were administered the nAch Scale (Smith, 1973) and were classified as high or low achievers by a median split. Subjects in the complete task condition solved a list of 10 anagrams to completion, after which the items were recalled. Subjects in the incomplete task condition were given a 20-item anagram task, only 10 of which they were permitted to solve. Items were subsequently recalled. A 2 x 2 between subjects ANOVA yielded a significant main effect of achievement motivation on recall of items as well as a significant main effect of task condition on word recall. An insignificant interaction was found. Implications and suggestions for further research are discussed.

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