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Need for achievement moderates the effect of motive-relevant challenge on salivary cortisol changes


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Author(s): Yang F, Ramsay JE, Schultheiss O, Pang JS
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Publication year: 2015
Volume: 39
Journal issue: 3
Pages range: 321-334
ISSN: 0146-7239
Language: English

Abstract

The hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis plays a key role in the physiological response to stress, preparing the organism for appropriate action. While some research has examined universally relevant threats, other research has suggested that individual differences may moderate the relationship between stress and cortisol release, such that some individuals exhibit modified reactivity to personally relevant stressors or challenges. In the present study we investigated whether one individual difference—the implicit need for achievement—moderates the effect of motive-relevant challenge on salivary cortisol. Participants’ salivary cortisol and felt affect were measured before and after engagement in an achievement task. In the positive- and no-feedback conditions, individuals high in implicit achievement motivation demonstrated increased cortisol response to the task, whereas in the negative feedback condition, individuals high in implicit achievement motivation demonstrated a dampened cortisol response. Furthermore, changes in cortisol were accompanied by changes in felt affect in the same direction, specifically hedonic tone. These results suggest that the HPA axis also responds to non-social-evaluative challenge in a personality-contingent manner.



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APA: Yang, F., Ramsay, J.E., Schultheiss, O., & Pang, J.S. (2015). Need for achievement moderates the effect of motive-relevant challenge on salivary cortisol changes. Motivation and Emotion, 39(3), 321-334. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11031-014-9465-7

MLA: Yang, Fang, et al. "Need for achievement moderates the effect of motive-relevant challenge on salivary cortisol changes." Motivation and Emotion 39.3 (2015): 321-334.

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