Salimetrics

09.17.2014 - Recent study suggests implicit need for achievement predicts salivary cortisol levels…

Author: Schultheiss OC, et al. (2014) Journal of Research in Personality.

Implicit need for achievement predicts attenuated cortisol responses to difficult tasks.

The present research tested the hypothesis that the implicit need for achievement predicts attenuated cortisol responses to difficult tasks. In two studies, need for achievement was assessed through content-coding of imaginative stories and salivary cortisol was assessed both at baseline and post-task. In Study 1, need for achievement predicted an attenuated cortisol response to a one-on-one competition in the laboratory, regardless of whether participants won or lost. In Study 2, need for achievement predicted an attenuated cortisol response to the Trier Social Stress Test, but not to a non-stressful control task. In Study 2 only, the attenuating effect of need for achievement was moderated by gender, with only men showing the effect. These findings point to a role of needing to achieve in emotion regulation.

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