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In the heat of the moment: On the effect of state neuroticism on task performance

Beckmann, N.; Beckmann, J.F.; Minbashian, A.; Birney, D.P.

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A. Minbashian

D.P. Birney


The aim of this study was to further shed light on the relationship between neuroticism and performance by taking into account the situation-specific experience of neuroticism when undertaking cognitive tasks. A total of 121 high-performing professionals completed a state measure of neuroticism before solving a complex cognitive task. Indicators of trait neuroticism and fluid intelligence were also collected. Analyses revealed a curvilinear effect of state neuroticism on task performance suggesting that moderate levels of neuroticism experienced in a given situation are most effective for cognitive performance. This effect remained unchanged when controlled for trait neuroticism and fluid intelligence. Findings support the importance of better understanding experiential effects of personality on task performance.


Beckmann, N., Beckmann, J., Minbashian, A., & Birney, D. (2013). In the heat of the moment: On the effect of state neuroticism on task performance. Personality and Individual Differences, 54(3), 447-452.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 23, 2012
Publication Date Feb 1, 2013
Deposit Date Oct 25, 2012
Publicly Available Date Mar 16, 2015
Journal Personality and Individual Differences
Print ISSN 0191-8869
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 54
Issue 3
Pages 447-452
Keywords Neuroticism, State, Trait, Cognitive performance.


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Copyright Statement
NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Personality and Individual Differences. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 3, February 2013, 10.1016/j.paid.2012.10.022.

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