Anxiety Lab Report

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Anxiety Lab Report

The aim of this study is to investigate the relationship between cognitive anxiety, somatic anxiety and self confidence in two different situations; non-stressful and stressful. It is to examine the effects on anxiety of a simple golf putting task. The stressor used in this experiment can be described as situational, namely the stressor of social comparison, the type of stressor that leads many performers to question their own ability which in turn evokes symptoms of anxiety.

The purpose of this study was to answer the question; does a stressful situation affect a person’s anxiety (cognitive and somatic), and therefore lead to affecting self-confidence. Self-confidence is thought to be an
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Each team acted as an audience for the competition and provided the stressor of social comparison. Following round two and prior to the start of round three, the scores for each individual was read out. Following this each performer then had to re-complete the CSAI-2, and state how we felt at exactly that moment. Round three was then undertaken and the team with the least group radial error at the end of the lab series received a prize of chocolate. We were told about this prize prior to the whole task and therefore may have acted as an incentive for individuals. Also the individual with the lowest radial error in the lab group received a prize of chocolate for themselves. In this experiment the dependant variable was performance of the putting because it is the variable that is being measured and anxiety is the independent variable because it would be manipulating the performance. The participants as an audience acted as the stressor towards the anxiety.

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