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Part 1: Conference-Style AbstractTitle: The effect of stress appraisals on cognitive performanceObjective: To examine the transactional model of stress effect and cognitive appraisal based on the task among UG student.Design: A between-group, quasi experiment design Method: It was ethical approval and granted from the University’s health and life science(HLS) by the faculty’s of human research ethics committee.Participants were invited to take part in the experiment as a part of a research practical linked to their Psychology course. At the beginning the experiment, participant were instructed to read the participant information letter, if they hadn’t done so already, detailing the nature and requirement of the study. However after providing informed written consent, participant were presented and asked to carefully read a set of experimental instruction prior to complete a 5 minute timed of word search puzzle. Finally, all participant were fully debriefed.·Ethical approval was granted from the University’s health and life sciences (HLS) faculty’s human research ethics committee.·Participants were invited to take part in the experiment as part of a research practical linked to their Psychology course. ·At the beginning the experiment, participants were instructed to read the participant information letter, if they hadn’t done so already, detailing the nature and requirements ofthe study. ·After providing informed written consent, participants were presented and asked to carefully read a set of experimental instructions prior to completing a 5 minute timed word search puzzle. a.Each workshop was allocated to a different condition (challenge, threat and control)·Following the experiment, a manipulation check was administered to verify that the manipulation of the independent variable had its intended effect on the participants.·Finally, all participants were fully debriefed.Results: An independent one-way ANOVA found that significant differences emerged inthe stress appraisal on cognitive performances (F (2,202) = 127.06, p< .001). Post-hoccomparisons using the Turkey HSD test indicated that those in control group (M = 8.07; SD=2.47) scored significantly (p<0.01)higher on the BDI than those in both the threat (M = 8.49; SD=2.40) and challenge groups (M = 14.41; SD=2.91). However, the BDI scores of participants within the threat and challenge groups did not differ significantly (p>.05).
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