A field experiment of 68 full‐time employees studied the effects of performance feedback and cognitive playfulness (that is, cognitive spontaneity in human‐computer interactions) on microcomputer training performance. In addition, this research examined the impacts of performance feedback and cognitive playfulness on software efficacy perceptions and on a variety of affective outcomes, including satisfaction with feedback, satisfaction with training, and positive mood. The findings suggest that positive feedback generally results in higher test performance and more positive affective outcomes, than does negative feedback. Similarly, employees higher in cognitive playfulness demonstrated higher test performance and more positive affective outcomes than those lower in cognitive playfulness. Finally, a significant feedback × playfulness interaction on test performance was found. Specifically, employees lower in cognitive playfulness benefited more from the positive feedback than did those higher in cognitive playfulness. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||26|
|State||Published - Sep 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology
- Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management