Giovanni B. Moneta

Giovanni B. Moneta
London Metropolitan University · School of Social Sciences - Psychology

PhD

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In his chapter, Giovanni Moneta revisits Amabile’s componential theory and five-stage process model by considering the concept of flow. Moneta argues that moving toward a flow state in creative work creates disturbances in creators’ subjective experiences. These disturbances can help account for dynamism in the creative process and the role that fa...
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This paper reports on a curriculum development project that aimed to improve the teaching and learning of research ethics in the psychology project modules, including choice and delivery of contents, assessment, and professional development of lecturers, who operate both as supervisors and reviewers.
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Abstract Purpose – To develop and validate a Work Environment Complexity (WEC) scale for leaders. Design/methodology/approach – Both cross-sectional and longitudinal data, gathered in the course of major organizational restructuring, using samples from employees (n=305) and leaders (n=120) in two health care organizations. Findings – The research...
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Previous research reported that Subclinical Narcissism (SN) may increase Mental Toughness (MT) resulting in positive outcomes such as lower psychopathy, higher school grades and lower symptoms of depression. We conducted three studies (N = 364, 240 and 144 for studies 1, 2 and 3, respectively) to test a mediation model, which suggests that SN may i...
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This study proposed and tested a comprehensive, chained mediation model of university students’ academic performance. The hypothesized model included adaptive-positive and maladaptive-negative submodels. The structures and processes in the adaptive-positive submodel were hypothesized to facilitate students’ academic performance, whereas the structu...
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This paper describes the validation of a short scale measuring flow in work. Study 1 used exploratory factor analysis on data gathered from 582 workers, and indicated unidimensionality. Study 2 used confirmatory factor analysis on two-wave data gathered from 101 workers, and corroborated the factor structure, ruled out response styles, and establis...
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Academic performance is universally recognised as the most appropriate measure of learning (e.g., Bowman, 2010; Gonyea, 2005). However, a recent review by McGrath and colleagues (2015) highlighted that students' academic excellence can better be defined as progress or distance travelled in their knowledge, skills and personal development. According...
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Creativity is a property of a finished idea or product. An idea is creative if it is both new and adaptive. Creative ideas are needed in a world that becomes ever more complex, and poses problems with no clear path to a solution and for which no solution method is known. These ill-conditioned problems are ubiquitous in work and everyday life. For 6...
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In Western undergraduate students, trait intrinsic motivation is positively associated with academic performance, whereas trait extrinsic motivation is negatively associated (Amabile, Hill, Hennessey, & Tighe, 1994; Spada & Moneta, 2014). In a preliminary study, Moneta and Siu (2002) found that the opposite pattern holds for a sample of Hong Kong C...
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Grounded in personality systems interaction (PSI; Kuhl, 2000) theory, the phoenix model of creativity (Bledow, Rosing, & Frese, 2013) posits that an “affective shift”, represented by a decrease in negative affect and an increase in positive affect, will result in more creativity. Bledow and co-workers (2013) found supporting evidence for this model...
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Despite the growing importance of creativity and innovation at work, the abilities that allow people to develop new and useful ideas at work are still unclear. Advances in research suggest that there are several core cognitive processes that underlie creative thought, such as problem finding, information gathering, incubation, idea generation, idea...
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There is consensus among educational researchers from differing theoretical perspectives that creativity is an ability essential to adaptation in a constantly changing work environment. Despite the growing popularity of creativity as a field of study and intervention in business and education in the last decade, Higher Education institutions have m...
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Drawing from Csikszentmihalyi's (1988) systems view of creativity, Kuhn's (1969) characterization of normal and revolutionary science, and Hintikka's (1968) construct of semantic information, this chapter defines innovative potential as the speed by which a scientific discipline generates authentically new information, and proposes a growth model o...
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This study extends the self-determination model of work engagement. Based on flow theory and self-determination theory, it was hypothesised that the extent to which workers experience flow at work would moderate the positive association between perceived managerial autonomy support and work engagement, in such a way that for employees with more flo...
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This paper presents the development and validation of the Flow Metacognitions Questionnaire (FMQ) for measuring metacognitions of flow. Flow is a state of deep cognitive absorption that makes a person feel fully immersed in an activity. Flow metacognitions had been defined as people's awareness of and beliefs on the flow state, its consequences, an...
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This two-wave study examined the longitudinal relationships between positive affect in studying and the use of creative cognition in studying. Based on the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions, the mood-as-input model, the control-process model of self-regulation of intentional behavior, and self-determination theory, it was hypothesized t...
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The objective of this study was to verify the structure of a model of how surface approach to studying is influenced by the trait variables of motivation and metacognition and the state variables of avoidance coping and evaluation anxiety. We extended the model to include: (1) the investigation of the relative contribution of the five metacognition...
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Classic theories depict adolescence as a period of emotional storm and stress. Empirical evidence, mostly from cross-sectional studies, suggests that emotional development presents a mixture of continuity, swings, and resilience. We examined longitudinally the average grade trends in components of self-concept and experiential components of self-wo...
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Based on the model of approaches to studying and the control-process model of self-regulation of behavior, it was hypothesized that students’ strategic approaches to studying and positive affect in studying would be positively associated with academic performance, whereas students’ surface approach to studying and negative affect in studying would...
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This paper reports the development and validation of a short Use of Creative Cognition Scale in Studying (UCCS) that was inspired by the Cognitive Processes Associated with Creativity (CPAC) scale. In Study 1, items from two of the six subscales of the CPAC were excluded due to conceptual and psychometric issues to create a 21-item CPAC scale, whic...
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Drawing from the broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions (Fredrickson, 1998), it was hypothesized that flow in the workplace would be positively associated with positive affect and negatively associated with negative affect. It was also hypothesized that adaptive coping would predict more flow through the partially mediating factor of positiv...
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Drawing from the social psychology approach to creativity, it was hypothesized that trait intrinsic motivation would be associated with the probability of experiencing flow in work, and that the extent to which a job provides opportunity for creativity would moderate the association. A sample of 367 workers completed the Flow Questionnaire and the...
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Drawing from the view that positive and negative emotions are incompatible within momentary experience, it was hypothesized that positive affect in studying would prevent subsequent negative affect in studying. A sample of 126 college students completed the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule – Short Form with reference to their current experienc...
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Based on the recently developed construct of adaptive metacognitive traits and classic theories of coping, it was hypothesized that Confidence in Extinguishing Perseverative Thoughts and Emotions would correlate negatively with maladaptive coping, Confidence in Interpreting Own Emotions as Cues and in Setting Flexible and Feasible Hierarchies of Go...
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This study attempts to derive adaptive metacognitive self-regulatory processes by extending Wells and Matthews' (1994, 1996) and Wells' (2000) metacognitive model of psychological and emotional disorders and blending it with adaptive assets within a positive psychology framework. The assumption of this study is that adaptive self-regulation, specif...
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This chapter introduces in chronological order the three main measurement methods–the flow questionnaire, the experience sampling method, and the standardized scales of the componential approach–that researchers developed and used in conducting research on the flow state. Each measurement method and underlying conceptualization is explained, and it...
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In this study, we put forward and tested a model of how surface approach to studying during examination preparation is influenced by the trait variables of motivation and metacognition and the state variables of avoidance coping and evaluation anxiety. A sample of 528 university students completed, one week before examinations, the following self-r...
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This chapter introduces in chronological order the three main measurement methods—the Flow Questionnaire, the Experience Sampling Method, and the standardized scales of the componential approach—that researchers developed and used in conducting research on the flow state. Each measurement method and underlying conceptualization is explained, and it...
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Background Flow is a state of intense task absorption and cognitive efficiency. Flow has been reported to occur during various everyday activities such as sports and leisure, but also during work. Being in flow has been found to be associated with achievement in different domains (e.g., Bakker et al., 2011; Jackson & Roberts, 1992; Schüler & Brunne...
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Based on Wells and Matthews' (1994) theory of psychological dysfunction and prior empirical studies, it was hypothesized that negative emotion would mediate the relationship between maladaptive metacognition and alcohol dependence, and maladaptive metacognition would moderate the relationship between negative emotion and alcohol dependence. A sampl...
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This study investigated the links between need for achievement, burnout, and intention to leave one’s study program in undergraduate university students in order to assess the applicability of the occupational model of burnout to an educational context. A sample of 226 university students completed the personality research form need for achievement...
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This paper describes the development of a questionnaire measuring adaptive metacognitive beliefs when facing challenging situations. In Study 1, a mixed sample of 313 worker and student participants completed a preliminary version of the questionnaire. Factor analysis revealed three correlated factors: (a) confidence in extinguishing perseveration,...
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This study investigated how attentional control and study‐related dispositional flow influence students' approaches to studying when preparing for academic examinations. Based on information‐processing theories, it was hypothesised that attentional control would be positively associated with deep and strategic approaches to studying, and negatively...
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This study examined the convergent and construct validity of ratings of individual creative contributions in a team context. A sample of 201 employees and supervisors, working on 26 team projects, completed the NEO-Five Factor Inventory and rated themselves and their teammates monthly on a single item measuring creative contributions to the project...
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This paper evaluated the construct and concurrent validity of a Chinese short form of the Personal Attributes Questionnaire, which measures instrumentality and expressivity as independent traits. In Study 1, 293 Hong Kong Chinese undergraduates completed the scale. Factor analysis revealed two independent factors, instrumentality and expressivity....
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This article describes the development of a questionnaire on metacognitive beliefs about procrastination. In Study 1 we performed a principal axis factor analysis that suggested a two-factor solution for the data obtained from the preliminary questionnaire. The factors identified were named positive and negative metacognitive beliefs about procrast...
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This study investigated the relationships between role models, approaches to studying, and self‐efficacy in students attending a high school specialising in educating those with emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD, n = 30) and students attending a mainstream high school (n = 41) in the UK. Types and quantity of role models held by students...
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This study investigated how students’ approaches to studying during exam preparation are influenced by their trait intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and situational coping strategies. A sample of 317 college students completed the approaches and study skills inventory for students (ASSIST), the revised COPE (R-COPE), and the work preference invent...
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This study investigated cross-cultural differences in the association between negative emotions and alcohol dependence symptoms in British Indian and White college students. Based on a study of levels of alcohol consumption (Spada & Moneta, 2004), it was hypothesized that the association between negative emotions and alcohol dependence symptoms wou...
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Research has suggested that negative emotions are associated with problematic Internet use. This study investigated the role of metacognitions as a mediator of the relationship between negative emotions and problematic Internet use. A sample of 97 university students completed the following questionnaires: Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Bor...
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The present study explored the relationships between metacognition, perceived stress and negative emotion. A convenience sample of 420 participants completed the following questionnaires: metacognitions questionnaire 30 (MCQ-30), perceived stress scale (PSS), and hospital anxiety and depression scale (HADS). A cross-sectional design was adopted and...
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Alcohol expectancies refer to the effects of alcohol use anticipated by an individual. Metacognitive beliefs about alcohol use are a specific form of alcohol expectancy relating to the beliefs individuals hold about the effects of alcohol on cognition and emotion. A community sample of 355 individuals completed measures of alcohol expectancies, met...
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This study investigated the role of metacognition as a mediator of the relationship between emotion and smoking dependence. A sample of 104 smokers completed the following questionnaires: Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), Metacognitions Questionnaire 30 (MCQ-30), and Fagerström Test of Nicotine Dependence (FTND). Three dimensions of met...
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This study investigated how coping strategies students adopt when preparing for final exams influence their approaches to studying. It was hypothesized that adaptive coping strategies (self-help, approach, and accommodation) would be associated with the adoption of deep and strategic approaches to studying, whereas maladaptive coping strategies (av...
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This study evaluated students' affective learning in an introductory computing course that was taught in Hong Kong once in a lecture format and twice in a rich interactive multimedia online format to 414 college students in all. A simplified experience sampling method was used to assess affective learning at the midterm and end of each course in te...
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This study inventoried the types of developmental and negative experiences that youth encounter in different categories of extracurricular and community-based organized activities. A representative sample of 2,280 11th graders from 19 diverse high schools responded to a computer-administered protocol. Youth in faith-based activities reported higher...
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This study investigated the role of metacognition as a mediator of the effect of test anxiety on a surface approach to studying. The following scales were completed by 109 undergraduate social sciences students: Approaches and Study Skills Inventories for Students (ASSIST), Metacognitions Questionnaire (MCQ), and Test Anxiety Scale (TAS). Positive...
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This pilot study tested for socioeconomic status (SES) differences in the frequency of social play in British children. Participants were 40 children, 3-5 years old, selected in equal numbers from two nurseries, one in a high and the other in a low SES borough of East England. Ten episodes of play from each nursery were observed, transcribed, and c...
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This study developed a dispositional path model of life satisfaction for community dwelling Chinese elderly living in Hong Kong. A sample of 117 elderly completed scales measuring life satisfaction, optimism, self-esteem, relationship harmony, self-construals, and perceived/expected health and financial status. Modeling revealed that life satisfact...
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The present study explored the relationships between negative emotions and alcohol use in British Asian and White university students. A convenience sample of 239 participants (120 British Asians and 119 British White) completed the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and Quantity Frequency Scale (QFS). Correlation and regression analyses...
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This study evaluated the construct validity of the scores of the Chinese version of the Need for Closure Scale (NFCS) as administered to a sample of Hong Kong college students who also completed the Personal Need for Structure Scale (PNS) and the Personal Fear of Invalidity Scale (PFI). The scale-scale and scale-facet correlations were similar to t...
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This exploratory study investigated leader behaviors related to perceived leader support, encompassing both instrumental and socioemotional support. The study first established that leader support, proposed to be a key feature of the work environment for creativity, was positively related to the peer-rated creativity of subordinates working on crea...
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The theme of this special issue is the flow experience, as originally defined in Csikszentmihalyi’s (1990, 2000) flow theory, and its psychological significance for members of different cultures. The present article highlights some key background concepts and empirical findings, and introduces the empirical studies collected in this special issue....
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Flow Theory predicts that state intrinsic motivation peaks in activities characterized by the simultaneous perception of high challenges and high skills. Self-Determination Theory predicts that the flow model is more descriptive of persons who have more trait intrinsic motivation. Both theories postulate that the flow model is substantially invaria...
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A business organization is relatively free to adopt no matter what reward structure for the sake of optimizing profit, though even this is problematic. Educational institutions, however, have a moral obligation to promote a balanced, harmonious development of each student. The Hong Kong Education Reform states that 'the priorities should be accorde...
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This paper evaluates the effectiveness of Web–based, highly interactive, and multimedia–rich e–learning materials by comparing students’ learning outcomes in the lecture and online versions of an introductory computing course. The course versions differed only in that face–to–face lectures were replaced with e–learning modules in the online course;...
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The mediating effects of autonomy and relatedness on the relationship between self-esteem and life satisfaction were investigated among 49 single mothers. Among all tested variables in the dimension of relatedness, only network orientation (propensity to utilize one's available social support) was a mediator of the positive relationship between sel...
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We examined the effects of trait intrinsic and extrinsic motivations, measured by the Work Preference Inventory (WPI; Amabile, Hill, Hennessey, & Tighe, 1994), on creativity and academic performance. In an experimental creative writing task, intrinsic motivation correlated with creativity. In a follow-up study, intrinsic motivation correlated negat...
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This longitudinal study examined change in adolescents' daily range of emotional states between early and late adolescence. A sample of 220 youth provided reports on their daily emotions at random times during two 1-week periods. At Time 1 they were in the fifth through eighth grades; 4 years later, at Time 2, they were in the ninth through twelfth...
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The authors examined how heroin addicts' affect varies in relation to perceived levels of challenges and skills in daily activities. Fourteen male residents of a therapeutic community completed 21 end-of-day diaries measuring affect. Unexpectedly, addicts had comparable positive affect to, and less negative affect, than a nonclinical student sample...
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Examines the effects of trait intrinsic and extrinsic motivations, measured by the Work Preference Inventory, on creativity and academic performance. In an experimental creative writing task, intrinsic motivation correlated with creativity. In a follow-up study, intrinsic motivation correlated negatively with year-1 GPA, whereas extrinsic motivatio...
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Classic theories depict adolescence as a period of emotional "storm and stress." Empirical evidence, mostly from cross-sectional studies, suggests that emotional development presents a mixture of continuity, swings, and resilience. We examined longitudinally the average grade trends in components of self-concept and experiential components of self-...
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This case study compares students' learning experience and outcomes in the lecture and online versions of a first-year introductory computing course offered at the Department of Computer Science of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In spring 2000, 105 mostly first year biology majors completed the lecture-based course. In fall 200...
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Personality research conducted in China has largely ignored the role of thematic motivations in explaining behavior. The goal of this paper is to begin a systematic investigation of thematic motivations by analyzing the construct validity of thematic scales from the Personality Research Form (PRF). One hundred and ninety-three Hong Kong college stu...
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This paper investigates a prediction from flow theory according to which subjective feelings of concentration depend on the balance between perceived challenges posed by a task and one's perceived skills in mastering the task. The goal is to compare three different formalizations of balance (crossproduct, absolute difference, and quadratic effects...
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We examined two longitudinal hypotheses: the 1-year prevalence for night workers is consistently higher than for others; the time trend is steeper for night workers than for others. Subjects were 12,779 men (age 40-50) working at Electricité de France-Gaz de France, and recruited in the GAZEL cohort. Five questionnaires were sent to all subjects on...
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This article investigates the effects that perceived challenges and skills in activities have on the quality of everyday life experience. Based on flow theory it was predicted that quality of daily experience would depend on the challenge experienced and skill required in specific situations, as well as on the balance between challenge and skill. T...
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In a cross-sequential study spanning 5th-12th grade, 220 White working-and middle-class youth provided reports on their experience at 16,477 random moments in their lives. Amount of time spent with family was found to decrease from 35% to 14% of waking hours across this age period, indicating disengagement. However, transformation and continued con...
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The Self-Efficacy Scale (SES) has been found to predict isokinetic performance better than anthropometric variables. This study tests the predictive power of SES further against other measures of efficacy expectancies as well as measures of depression and perceived disability. A group of 105 chronic back pain patients was administered Beck's Depres...
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The role of personality characteristics and psychological distress in the incidence of sciatic pain was investigated in a 3-year prospective study. The study population consisted of 1149 Finnish men aged 25 through 49 years (387 machine operators, 336 carpenters, and 426 office workers) with no history of sciatic pain at the beginning of follow-up....
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This re-analysis was based on 833 computed tomography/discograms collected from 306 candidates for back surgery. The goal was to test the hypothesis that outer anular ruptures are the main determinant of the pain of discography. Previous analyses indicated univariate associations of pain with disc degeneration and anular ruptures. If present, pain...
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An examination of the risk of pancreatic cancer associated with occupation, by industrial branch and job title, was undertaken in a nationwide case-referent study in Finland. The results are based on job history information from the next-of-kin of 625 incident cases of primary malignant exocrinic pancreatic neoplasms, and of 1,700 cancer referents...
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This study investigated how age, sex, height, body weight, self-efficacy beliefs, pain, and subjective disability predict the performance of low back pain patients on an isokinetic trunk muscle test. One hundred and five patients participated in the study. Dependent variables were isokinetic flexion and extension strength measured as total work don...
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The incidence of sciatic pain among 25-49 year-old men in three different types of work: machine operating, dynamic physical work (construction carpenters), and office work was assessed prospectively. Postal questionnaires both at the beginning and the end of the 3-year follow-up were answered by 1149 men who at baseline had no history of sciatic p...
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Findlay and Lumsden have proposed a model of creative potential which accounts for divergent thinking but not for convergent thinking. This limitation impedes the applicability of the model to scientific creativity, where competence and thus convergent thinking play a fundamental role since the early stages of creation. This limitation is a natural...
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The objective of the investigation was to study the course of neck and shoulder symptoms and the predictors for these symptoms among women in light sedentary work. Postal surveys were conducted among 351 tellers (age 20-50 years) of a bank company in September, December, March, and May. The response rates were 74-90%. The outcome was the frequency...
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The primary objective of this study was to determine whether disc degeneration, as assessed through magnetic resonance imaging, is greater in smokers than in nonsmokers. To control for the maximum number of potentially confounding variables, pairs of identical twins highly discordant for cigarette smoking were selected as study subjects. Data analy...
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A case-referent study of occupational risk indicators of renal cell adenocarcinoma was conducted. Each incident case in Finland in 1977-1978 was matched with two population referents. Lifelong job histories were collected and translated into indicators of industry, occupation, and occupational exposures. The analyses of 338 sets of cases and refere...
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The vec(·) operator stacks the columns of a matrix one on top of the other. McCulloch's (1982) vech(·) operator for a symmetric matrix stacks the on or below diagonal elements one on top of the other. G is the unique matrix that carries vech(A) into vec(A). H is the non-unique matrix that carries vec(A) into vech(A). The matrixes G and H are useful...
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Gambles which induce the decision‐maker to experience ambiguity about the relative likelihood of events often give rise to ambiguity‐seeking and ambiguity‐avoidance, which imply violation of additivity and Savage's axioms. The inability of the subjective Bayesian theory to account for these empirical regularities has determined a dichotomy between...

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