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Testing Retrospective Evaluations of Mental Effort for the Peak-End Effect

Author/​Artist:
Simon, Cezanne [Browse]
Format:
Senior thesis
Language:
English
Advisor(s):
Botvinick, Matthew [Browse]
Contributor(s):
Graziano, Michael [Browse]
Department:
Princeton University. Department of Psychology [Browse]
Class year:
2014
Description:
38 pages
Summary note:
Previous work in the study of cognitive demand has established that effort is costly. When given the choice between two tasks, individuals demonstrate a consistent bias towards those tasks associated with lower levels of demand (Kool, Botvinick, McGquire, & Rosen, 2010). In the following study, task demand was manipulated in order to investigate if a longer task session might be preferred to a shorter one if the longer session maintained a lower peak-end average. Confirmation of the peak-end effect of mental effort would demonstrate a violation in the rule of temporal monotonicity and serve to question a physical account of mental effort that associates effort with a finite resource.