The present review explores the psychological effect of effort. While the present problem has received little attention, the studies of effort can be divided into two major areas: (a) Is effort an aversive stimulus, to be avoided in a choice situation and resulting in decrements in response strength? (b) Can effort once expended affect the stimulus-event (reward) associated with that effort? The available literature does not provide any conclusive statements concerning the aversive effect of effort. However, effort does seem to enhance the value of a stimulus associated with the expenditure of effort. (38 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- ENHANCEMENT OF STIMULUS