Scientific article

Psychophysiological effects of emotional responding to goal attainment

Published inBiological psychology, vol. 84, no. 3, p. 474-487
Publication date2010

Effects of positive performance feedback on self-reported emotion and associated physiological responding and their relation to motivational engagement were investigated in an achievement context. To create a situation of self-relevant goal striving and goal attainment, appraisals of goal relevance and goal conduciveness were manipulated by presenting 65 female undergraduate students with a psychological test, followed by positive performance feedback. Emotional responding during the 1-min feedback showed elicitation of various positive achievement-related emotions associated with broad sympathetic activation (decreased pre-ejection period, increased cardiac output, and increased skin conductance and response rate). Individual-level emotion reports indicated distinct subgroups of participants experiencing primarily either interest, joy, pride, or surprise. Between-participants physiological reactivity was found to differ based on primary self-reported feelings. We discuss motivational antecedents and consequences in achievement-related emotions.

  • Emotion
  • Motivation
  • Appraisal
  • Psychophysiological responding
  • Goal attainment
  • Achievement emotion
Citation (ISO format)
KREIBIG, Sylvia Dagmar, GENDOLLA, Guido H.E., SCHERER, Klaus R. Psychophysiological effects of emotional responding to goal attainment. In: Biological psychology, 2010, vol. 84, n° 3, p. 474–487. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2009.11.004
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