Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Fall 2015

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Experimental Psychology

Committee Chair

Kara Gabriel

Second Committee Member

Susan Lonborg

Third Committee Member

Jesse James


The current study tested the effects of feedback sequence on performance on a visual-spatial task. Twenty-three female participants were randomly assigned to one of five feedback sequence conditions which occurred after two consecutive trials of a hole-punch task. The five feedback sequence conditions consisted of positive-positive (i.e., positive feedback followed by positive feedback), positive-negative, negative-positive, negative-negative, and a no-feedback control group. Positive feedback was presented as a 80%-90% accuracy range whereas negative feedback was a 30%-40% accuracy range. Third trial accuracy and completion time were measured as was locus of control via the Internal Control Index (ICI) survey. Analyses revealed an effect of feedback sequence on accuracy, but not on completion time. The no-feedback control group performed with lower accuracy than the negative-negative and positive-positive groups. Locus of control had no effect on performance, either by itself or as an interaction with feedback sequence. Differences in accuracy in the no-feedback group may have occurred due to heightened performance ambiguity in that condition.