How the behavioral approach system predicts everyday life outcomes

Izadikhah, Zahra and Jackson, Chris J. (2010) How the behavioral approach system predicts everyday life outcomes. American Journal of Psychology, 123 (3). pp. 353-365. ISSN 0002-9556


This study tested crucial components of Gray’s reinforcement sensitivity theory that have generally been overlooked in the literature. We tested whether the perceived amount of reward moderates the behavioral approach system (BAS) and the importance of reward mediates BAS in the prediction of job satisfaction and organizational commitment. Results from 514 participants employed in part-time and full-time jobs provided support for our model, such that the indirect effect of BAS through the importance of reward was strongest when reward was provided. This model advances our understanding of reinforcement sensitivity theory and offers a solid foundation for predicting outcomes in everyday life.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 04:54
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2019 05:23
Uncontrolled Keywords: job satisfaction; personality psychology; perceptual organization; psychological reinforcement; climate models
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Identification Number or DOI: 10.5406/amerjpsyc.123.3.0353

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