Ability Perception and Cardiovascular Response to Behavioral Challenge

  • Rex A. Wright
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To suggest that a person has control over an outcome is to suggest that the person can affect the outcome—that is, impact its presence, quality, or the like—through action (e.g., see Skinner, 1996). There are various determinants of perceived control, including the appraised character of activity that must be carried out to alter an outcome (easy versus difficult), the appraised effectiveness of that activity in accomplishing its purpose, and the appraised ability (or efficacy, Bandura, 1986) of the performer to do what must be done. In this chapter, I focus on the latter determinant of perceived control and consider its relation to cardiovascular (CV) responsivity (i.e., CV elevation above baseline).


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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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