Małgorzata Kossowska


The motivation toward structure affects the way individual thinks about, feels about, acts towards, and talks about other persons. However, little is known about cognitive mechanisms underlying tendency to structuralization and reduction of complexity. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to identify cognitive determinants of need for structure. It is hypothesised that people search for structure in situations, which are too difficult to cope with efficiently. Possible cognitive mechanism to deal with a complex situation efficiently are the inhibition of irrelevant information, efficiency of working memory and selection of information. Thus, people who demonstrate stronger inhibition of distracting information (irrelevant stimuli), less efficient working memory and better selection are likely to score higher on need for structure scale. The results of four different experiments (N=373) supported these assumptions. 

Autor: Ewelina Soszyńska
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 11.03.2007, godz. 16:52 - Ewelina Soszyńska