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Document Type

Research

Abstract

The present study was concerned with the influence of different amounts of experimentally induced muscular tension on performance of a motor task. Following the pioneer investigations by Bills (1), a number of studies utilizing tasks under various techniques of inducing tension have attempted to test his general conclusion that tension facilitates performance. McGeoch (9) and Courts (5) present excellent summaries of the studies concerned and, in general, the evidence cited agrees with Stauffacher (11) who on the basis of his own work and early studies, stated the hypothesis that there is an amount of tension which is optimal for learning and that amounts of tension above and below this level are accompanied by slower rates of learning.

Publication Date

1952

Journal Title

Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science

Volume

59

Issue

1

First Page

378

Last Page

384

Copyright

© Copyright 1952 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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