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The Effects of Stress and Mood on Cognitive Performance

Abstract When discussing human factors and performance, researchers recognize stress as a factor, but overlook mood as contributing factor. To explore the relationship between mood, stress and cognitive performance, a field study was conducted involving fire fighters engaged in a fire response simulation. Firefighter participants completed a stress questionnaire, an emotional state questionnaire, and a cognitive task. Stress and cognitive task performance scores were examined before and after the firefighting simulation for individual cognitive performance depreciation caused by stress or mood. They study revealed that existing stress was a reliable predictor of the pre-simulation cognitive task score, that, as mood becomes more positive, perceived ... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Gomez-Herbert, Maria Elena (Author) / Cooke, Nancy J (Advisor) / Becker, Vaughn (Committee member) / Branaghan, Russell (Committee member) / Hyunjin, Song (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Psychology / Behavioral sciences / Decision Making / Emotions / Human Performance / Stress
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 54 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Applied Psychology 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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