Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

85

Date

2010

Date of Award

7-26-2010

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Major

Psychology

Concentration

Experimental Psychology

Committee Chair

William O Dwyer

Committee Member

William H Zachry

Committee Member

David A Houston

Committee Member

Sam B Morgan

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between individual differences (Cognitive Ability, Conscientiousness, Openness to Experience) and the ability to maintain performance on a changing task. Participants included 69 college students at a southeastern university. Participants were trained to operate the Distributed Dynamic Decision Making (DDD), a computer-based simulation. All analyses were conducted at the individual level. Results indicated that Cognitive Ability predicts performance across varying levels of workload on the DDD task. The results further indicate a significant interaction between Cognitive Ability and Conscientiousness. The hypothesized relationship between performance and Openness to Experience, however, was not supported. The practical implications, limitations and directions for future research are discussed.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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