Impulsive response style affects computer-administered multiple-choice test performance

Waring, Douglas A.; Farthing, Cheryl Beck
June 1999
Journal of Instructional Psychology;Jun99, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p121
Academic Journal
The current study was designed to test whether an impulsive response style affects performance on computer-administered multiple-choice tests and whether the consequences of such a response style are amenable to modification. The Matching Familiar Figures Test (MFFT) for adults was used to classify participants as either impulsive or reflective responders. Response time and accuracy measures were recorded as participants completed 2 multiple-choice tests. Half of the participants worked at their own pace and half were forced to delay their responses. Overall, the impulsive responders tended to answer questions more quickly and less accurately than the reflective responders. However, when the impulsive responders were forced to delay their response, accuracy improved to the level of their more reflective peers.


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