Submission Title

Cognitive Performance under Different Environmental Conditions

Session Number

RS12

Location

Robinson 210

Abstract Number

RS12-a

Abstract

When you are stressed about an upcoming test, do you prefer to study in a noisy coffee shop or in a silent library cubicle? Our research examined how well or poorly students perform on cognitive tasks in different environmental conditions. Participants were given a Stroop test and assigned at random either a noise or no noise condition. Participants completed pre- and post-test questionnaires to evaluate their perceived stress. We found a main effect for high stress and errors, as well as a marginal statistically significant interaction between initial stress and assigned condition.

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Cognitive Performance under Different Environmental Conditions

Robinson 210

When you are stressed about an upcoming test, do you prefer to study in a noisy coffee shop or in a silent library cubicle? Our research examined how well or poorly students perform on cognitive tasks in different environmental conditions. Participants were given a Stroop test and assigned at random either a noise or no noise condition. Participants completed pre- and post-test questionnaires to evaluate their perceived stress. We found a main effect for high stress and errors, as well as a marginal statistically significant interaction between initial stress and assigned condition.