The Motivational Impact of Perceived Control on Behavioral Intentions
Article first published online: 15 SEP 2010
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 40, Issue 9, pages 2407–2433, September 2010
How to Cite
Kidwell, B. and Jewell, R. D. (2010), The Motivational Impact of Perceived Control on Behavioral Intentions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40: 2407–2433. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2010.00664.x
- Issue published online: 15 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 15 SEP 2010
This research explores the moderated influence of perceived control and its underlying motivational processes. Perceptions of control can change one's motivation to engage in deliberative or nondeliberative processing when forming a behavioral intention. Studies were designed to test the moderated relationships of perceived control on decision theoretic variables (Study 1), to provide experimental evidence of differences in processing relative to levels of perceived control (Study 2), and to examine how levels of control induce motivation to engage cognitive resources toward a decision (Study 3). Findings support predictions that lower vs. higher levels of control result in the formation of behavioral intention based on deliberative rather than nondeliberative processing. Theoretical implications of the findings are discussed.