Term of Award

Spring 2007

Degree Name

Master of Science in Experimental Psychology (M.S.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Katherine E. Weigand

Committee Member 1

William D. McIntosh

Committee Member 2

Lawrence Locker

Abstract

Flow is a subjective state that occurs when an individual is completely engaged in a particular activity (Csikszentmihalyi, 1975). This state encompasses arousal and intense interest in a task. Procrastination is the tendency of the individual who is in control of some activity to postpone or avoid that activity. Some researchers have suggested that perhaps there is more than one kind of procrastinator (Chu & Choi, 2005). The current study explored the differences between procrastination types and how these types relate to flow experiences. Participants were 60 upper-level Psychology students, working on a class term paper who completed weekly diaries assessing several factors of flow experiences and procrastination habits. Active procrastinators viewed themselves as better students than passive procrastinators. A subjective flow scale was positively correlated with more instances of being in flow as measured by a balance of challenge and skill. Time spent in flow or anxiety was not related to procrastinator type.

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