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Journal Article

The Effects of Task Interest and Difficulty on Procrastination

Arnold D. Froese, Sheryl J. Nisly and Roxanna M. May
Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science (1903-)
Vol. 87, No. 3/4 (1984), pp. 119-128
DOI: 10.2307/3627847
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3627847
Page Count: 10
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Abstract

Previous descriptive and correlational research suggests that procrastination may be a function of the nature of a task. Difficult and boring tasks were thought to produce greater procrastination than easy and interesting tasks. In Experiment 1 task interest and difficulty were varied in a two by two experimental design. Tasks were given to 100 subjects and procrastination time was recorded. The only reliable result was that easy-interesting tasks produced less variability in behavior than any other task type. Experiment 2 replicated these results in a more controlled laboratory setting. Task type, then, may influence variability among subjects in procrastination. Experimental work on procrastination may allow an extension of theoretical models of performance since procrastination may predispose one to poor performance.

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