Evidence for a behaviourally measurable perseverance trait in humans

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Määttänen , I , Makkonen , E , Jokela , M , Närväinen , J , Väliaho , J , Seppälä , V , Kylmälä , J & Henttonen , P 2021 , ' Evidence for a behaviourally measurable perseverance trait in humans ' , Behavioral sciences , vol. 11 , no. 9 , 123 . https://doi.org/10.3390/BS11090123

Title: Evidence for a behaviourally measurable perseverance trait in humans
Author: Määttänen, Ilmari; Makkonen, Emilia; Jokela, Markus; Närväinen, Johanna; Väliaho, Julius; Seppälä, Vilja; Kylmälä, Julia; Henttonen, Pentti
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology and Logopedics
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology and Logopedics
University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology and Logopedics
University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology and Logopedics
University of Helsinki, Department of Psychology and Logopedics






Date: 2021-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Behavioral sciences
ISSN: 2076-328X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/BS11090123
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335720
Abstract: The aim was to create and study a possible behavioural measure for trait(s) in humans that reflect the ability and motivation to continue an unpleasant behaviour, i.e., behavioural perseverance or persistence (BP). We utilised six different tasks with 54 subjects to measure the possible BP trait(s): cold pressor task, hand grip endurance task, impossible anagram task, impossible verbal reasoning task, thread and needle task, and boring video task. The task performances formed two BP factors. Together, the two-factor solution is responsible for the common variance constituting 37.3% of the total variance in the performances i.e., performance times. Excluding the impossible anagram task, the performance in any given task was better explained by performances in the other tasks (i.e., “trait”, η2 range = 0.131–0.253) than by the rank order variable (“depletion”, i.e., getting tired from the previous tasks, η2 range = 0–0.096).
Subject: Anagram
Behavioural perseverance
Behavioural persistence
Cold pressor test
Hand grip endurance
Verbal reasoning
cold pressor test
behavioural persistence
TESTS
verbal reasoning
SELF-CONTROL
anagram
hand grip endurance
EGO-DEPLETION
HEART-RATE
behavioural perseverance
515 Psychology
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