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SKILLS-DEMANDS COMPATIBILITY AS A DETERMINANT OF FLOW EXPERIENCE IN AN INDUCTIVE REASONING TASK

  • The skills-demands fit hypothesis of flow theory was examined. Based on the earlier finding that high demands in a game situation do not reduce the experience of flow, a cognitive task paradigm was used. The effect of skills-demands compatibility on the experience of flow but not of other, similar psychological states (i.e., concentration, negative and positive activation) was also investigated. Participants were 89 undergraduate students who worked on a number of inductive reasoning tasks in four successive trials with or without skills-demands compatibility. The results clearly supported the skills-demands fit hypothesis; concentration and activation were affected only by the tasks’ difficulty. Inductive reasoning tasks are a useful tool for the experimental analysis of flow, and skills-demands compatibility is a significant and powerful condition of flow, but not of other, similar psychological states.

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Author:Ulrich Schiefele, Andreas Raabe
DOI:https://doi.org/10.2466/04.22.PR0.109.5.428-444
ISSN:0033-2941 (print)
Parent Title (English):PSYCHOLOGICAL REPORTS
Publisher:AMMONS SCIENTIFIC, LTD
Place of publication:MISSOULA
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2011
Year of Completion:2011
Release Date:2017/03/26
Volume:109
Issue:2
Pagenumber:17
First Page:428
Last Page:444