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Motivational and Volitional Processes in Action Initiation: A Field Study of the Role of Implementation Intentions1

Orbell, Sheina and Sheeran, Paschal (2000) 'Motivational and Volitional Processes in Action Initiation: A Field Study of the Role of Implementation Intentions1.' Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30 (4). pp. 780-797. ISSN 0021-9029

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Abstract

A field study tested Gollwitzer's (1993) proposition that the formation of implementation intentions specifying action opportunities accounts for the speed with which intentions are translated into action. Motivation to resume functional activity was assessed among a general population sample of patients prior to joint replacement surgery. At 3 months following surgery, people who had formed implementation intentions were found to have initiated 18 out of 32 activities sooner than people who had not formed implementation intentions. This difference could not be attributed to differences in motivation between the 2 groups. Evidence also showed that the formation of implementation intentions mediated the effects of behavioral expectation on speed of action initiation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2015 12:46
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:34
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12703

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