Measuring anxiety in left and right handers via the BIS/BAS scale: Is there a difference when the scales are reversed?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620405
Title:
Measuring anxiety in left and right handers via the BIS/BAS scale: Is there a difference when the scales are reversed?
Authors:
Davis, Felicity
Abstract:
A considerable amount of research suggests that left-handers experience more behavioural inhibition and anxiety than right-handers. This is due to the assumption that left-handers operate with a right hemispheric dominance, where behavioural inhibition is believed to be processed. The current study examined the relationship between handedness, behavioural approach and inhibition, where it was hypothesised that left-handers would achieve a higher score of behavioural inhibition than right-handers. Additionally, the effects of inverting the scale of measurement were examined, as previous investigations suggest that left-handers prefer items to the leftward spatial area, whereas right-handers prefer items to the rightward spatial area. Participants (N=213) completed two self-report questionnaires online, Carver and White’s (1994) BIS/BAS scale and the Edinburgh Handedness Inventory (Oldfield, 1971). Participants were presented with either the normal version of the BIS/BAS scale, or the inverted version. No significant effects of handedness were obtained, thus suggesting that being left-handed does not increase anxiety. Additionally, there were no significant effects of inverting the BIS/BAS scale. The lack of significant results are discussed in relation to the importance of measuring handedness as a continuous variable rather than as a dichotomous variable.
Advisors:
Rodway, Paul ( 0000-0002-7667-6782 )
Citation:
Davis, F. (2016). Measuring anxiety in left and right handers via the BIS/BAS scale: is there a difference when the scales are reversed? (Master's thesis). University of Chester, United Kingdom.
Publisher:
University of Chester
Publication Date:
2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620405
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Masters Dissertations

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorRodway, Paulen
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Felicityen
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-27T16:06:11Z-
dc.date.available2017-02-27T16:06:11Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationDavis, F. (2016). Measuring anxiety in left and right handers via the BIS/BAS scale: is there a difference when the scales are reversed? (Master's thesis). University of Chester, United Kingdom.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620405-
dc.description.abstractA considerable amount of research suggests that left-handers experience more behavioural inhibition and anxiety than right-handers. This is due to the assumption that left-handers operate with a right hemispheric dominance, where behavioural inhibition is believed to be processed. The current study examined the relationship between handedness, behavioural approach and inhibition, where it was hypothesised that left-handers would achieve a higher score of behavioural inhibition than right-handers. Additionally, the effects of inverting the scale of measurement were examined, as previous investigations suggest that left-handers prefer items to the leftward spatial area, whereas right-handers prefer items to the rightward spatial area. Participants (N=213) completed two self-report questionnaires online, Carver and White’s (1994) BIS/BAS scale and the Edinburgh Handedness Inventory (Oldfield, 1971). Participants were presented with either the normal version of the BIS/BAS scale, or the inverted version. No significant effects of handedness were obtained, thus suggesting that being left-handed does not increase anxiety. Additionally, there were no significant effects of inverting the BIS/BAS scale. The lack of significant results are discussed in relation to the importance of measuring handedness as a continuous variable rather than as a dichotomous variable.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectAnxietyen
dc.titleMeasuring anxiety in left and right handers via the BIS/BAS scale: Is there a difference when the scales are reversed?en
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnameMScen
dc.type.qualificationlevelMasters Degreeen
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