Title

Anchor Effects on Test Performance

Date

5-28-2015 2:00 PM

End Time

28-5-2015 4:00 PM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Chair

Jaime Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 2

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Joel Alexander

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Various types of anchoring take place in everyday life, and have an impact on different situations and outcomes. An anchor is a factor that can cause or influence, an outcome or a decision. This study was conducted to see if an anchor could impact test performance negatively and positively. The study included 20 Western Oregon University students who were randomly assigned to either a negative or positive test score anchor. The results showed that there were significant effects between pre-test scores, post-test scores and the assigned anchor, those who received the high anchor performed better on the post-test than pre-test and those who received the negative anchor performed worse on the post-test than pre-test. The results show that being provided with positive scores before a test can influence test performance.

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May 28th, 2:00 PM May 28th, 4:00 PM

Anchor Effects on Test Performance

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Various types of anchoring take place in everyday life, and have an impact on different situations and outcomes. An anchor is a factor that can cause or influence, an outcome or a decision. This study was conducted to see if an anchor could impact test performance negatively and positively. The study included 20 Western Oregon University students who were randomly assigned to either a negative or positive test score anchor. The results showed that there were significant effects between pre-test scores, post-test scores and the assigned anchor, those who received the high anchor performed better on the post-test than pre-test and those who received the negative anchor performed worse on the post-test than pre-test. The results show that being provided with positive scores before a test can influence test performance.