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In the heat of the moment : on the effect of state neuroticism on task performance.

Beckmann, N. and Beckmann, J.F. and Minbashian, A. and Birney, D. P. (2013) 'In the heat of the moment : on the effect of state neuroticism on task performance.', Personality and individual differences., 54 (3). pp. 447-452.


The aim of this study was to further shed light on the relationship between neuroticism and performance by taking into account the situation-specific experience of neuroticism when undertaking cognitive tasks. A total of 121 high-performing professionals completed a state measure of neuroticism before solving a complex cognitive task. Indicators of trait neuroticism and fluid intelligence were also collected. Analyses revealed a curvilinear effect of state neuroticism on task performance suggesting that moderate levels of neuroticism experienced in a given situation are most effective for cognitive performance. This effect remained unchanged when controlled for trait neuroticism and fluid intelligence. Findings support the importance of better understanding experiential effects of personality on task performance.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Neuroticism, State, Trait, Cognitive performance.
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Publisher statement:NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Personality and Individual Differences. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 3, February 2013, 10.1016/j.paid.2012.10.022.
Date accepted:23 October 2012
Date deposited:16 March 2015
Date of first online publication:February 2013
Date first made open access:No date available

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