A Study into the Effect of Stress Relief Interventions on Perceived Stress and Cognitive Performance

Stone, Katherine (2016) A Study into the Effect of Stress Relief Interventions on Perceived Stress and Cognitive Performance. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

Exam stress is commonplace in university settings, can lead to memory recall impairments. The current study aimed to investigate the effect of three interventions, suggested by stress and working memory literature, on changes in stress and subsequent changes in recall. The selected intervention were mindfulness (N= 21), casual videogames (N= 20), and last minute revision (N= 21). Participants were student volunteers that were randomly assigned to one of the three interventions. Participants were exposed to a recall list of 20 words followed by an immediate recall task. This was followed by a pre-intervention measure of stress, the assigned intervention, a post-intervention measure of stress, and the delayed recall task. A MANCOVA found a significant a main effect of intervention on stress and recall performance. Contrastingly an ANOCVA on stress, controlling for working memory capacity, found a non-significant effect of intervention of stress change. The implications of these results are further discussed

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Departments > Psychology and Counselling
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Steve Bowman
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 10:25
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 10:25
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/1884

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