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Anticipations Boost Your Performance

By Devaki

If a boost,grade,oral health,student is more desperate knowing his grade, he is likely to perform more in the class, says a new study.
An investigation was done to know how the timing of the expected feedback impacts individual's performance. For the experiment, scientists recruited boost,grade,oral health,students enrolled in a class that required each boost,grade,oral health,student to give a 4-minute oral presentation.

The presentations were rated by the classmates on a scale from 0 (poor) to 10 (excellent). The average of these ratings formed the presenter's grade for that part of the course.

boost,grade,oral health,students were invited with an email one, 8 or 15 days before their presentation. They were invited to participate in this research study. The boost,grade,oral health,students were also informed the time when they will receive the feedback on their presentation. Those boost,grade,oral health,students were also requested to predict their grades. They were randomly assigned to a specific amount of anticipated feedback delay, which ranged from zero or the same day, to 17 days.

It was found that boost,grade,oral health,students who were told they would receive feedback quickly on their performance earned higher grades than boost,grade,oral health,students who expected feedback at a later time.

In addition, when boost,grade,oral health,students expected to receive their grades quickly, they predicted that their performance would be worse than boost,grade,oral health,students who were to receive feedback later.

The pattern suggests that anticipating rapid feedback may improve performance because the threat of disappointment is more prominent. Best output will come when the predictions about self performance are less optimistic.
The study has been published in Psychological Science.

Story first published: Thursday, April 1, 2010, 17:31 [IST]
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