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Title: Testing Retrospective Evaluations of Mental Effort for the Peak-End Effect
Authors: Simon, Cezanne
Advisors: Botvinick, Matthew
Contributors: Graziano, Michael
Department: Psychology
Class Year: 2014
Abstract: Previous work in the study of cognitive demand has established that effort is costly. When given the choice between two tasks, individuals demonstrate a consistent bias towards those tasks associated with lower levels of demand (Kool, Botvinick, McGquire, & Rosen, 2010). In the following study, task demand was manipulated in order to investigate if a longer task session might be preferred to a shorter one if the longer session maintained a lower peak-end average. Confirmation of the peak-end effect of mental effort would demonstrate a violation in the rule of temporal monotonicity and serve to question a physical account of mental effort that associates effort with a finite resource.
Extent: 38 pages
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Psychology, 1930-2017

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