Field independence and perceptions of task characteristics: A laboratory investigation

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Abstract

In 2 consecutive laboratory studies using virtually identical methods, undergraduate Ss (45 and 133 Ss for Studies 1 and 2, respectively) completed the Group Embedded Figures Test in group sessions. They then performed an assembly task in a laboratory setting and completed a measure designed to assess the “immediate” and “projected” perceptions of task characteristics. Results of Study 1 show significant correlations between field independence and immediate perceptions of variety, task identity, and feedback. These results were replicated in Study 2. In addition, Study 2 revealed significant correlations between field independence and (a) immediate perceptions of interaction and (b) projected perceptions of variety and interaction. Results suggest that field independence may be a determinant of individuals' perceptions of task characteristics. (13 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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