Term of Award
Master of Science in Experimental Psychology (M.S.)
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (open access)
Department of Psychology
Katherine E. Weigand
Committee Member 1
William D. McIntosh
Committee Member 2
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.
Dawson, Bryan Leighton, "Analysis of Procrastination and Flow Experiences" (2007). Electronic Theses & Dissertations. 424.