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Testing Cognitive Bias Modification with the IVY Training App on Fatigue Self-Concept in Explicit and Implicit Vitality

Wächtler, Marie Wanda (2019) Testing Cognitive Bias Modification with the IVY Training App on Fatigue Self-Concept in Explicit and Implicit Vitality.

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Abstract:Fatigue is a common problem in university students and leads to decreases in academic performance and general functionality. Fear of fatigue and biased cognitions lead to activity avoidance. These biases involve a fatigue self-concept bias, which helps to maintain symptoms. The aim of this study was to test whether Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) with the newly developed IVY Training app, is able to change the fatigue self-concept and to increase vitality in students. The focus was hereby on testing its influence on implicit vitality and on explicit vitality. Method: 56 university students completed the Subjective Vitality Scale (SVS) as explicit measure of vitality and a self-identity IAT as implicit measure of vitality both pre and post intervention. The intervention was a daily five-minute training with IVY for 14 consecutive days. Results and Discussion: The results showed that IVY had only a small influence on explicit vitality subgroups, but a strong influence on implicit vitality with increases towards (more) vitality, in particular for the fatigue bias and fatigued groups. It was concluded that, with reservations, the app might be particularly beneficial fatigued students and that it evokes stronger changes in implicit fatigue self-concept than in explicit fatigue self-concept.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78327
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