Divided a self-instructional concept acquisition program into difficult and easy sections based on empirically determined probability ratings of positive and negative instances. The prediction of a disordinal interaction was tested using measured anxiety levels as 1 effect and task difficulty levels as the other effect. Anxiety was measured by the state-trait anxiety inventory (stai) and blood pressure. The scores for anxiety on the stai a-state scale increased significantly for 29 undergraduates during the difficult task and decreased with the easy task (p < .01). When the difficult and the easy task were compared, a disordinal interaction resulted: the relative mean error performance of the high and low a-state ss was reversed (p < .05). (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
- concept acquisition, task difficulty &
- interaction of anxiety &