Appraisal, coping, task performance, and cardiovascular responses during the evaluated speaking task

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Appraisal, coping, task performance, and cardiovascular responses were examined among men high and low in speech anxiety who prepared and performed a speech under evaluative conditions. Task appraisals were made before and after the evaluated speaking task; subjects also reported on coping reactions during preparation and performance. Speech-anxious men saw the task as more threatening: They were more stressed, anxious, distracted, and aware of their emotions, and focused on the passage of time; they also reported fewer positive self-statements. In presenting, they made less eye contact and performed more poorly. Performance was related to several appraisal and coping variables - notably, positive self-statements. Cardiovascular arousal was elevated in both groups during preparation and presentation, but the groups did not differ in blood pressure and heart rate responses. Discussion centers on implications of the findings for literatures on reactivity, anxiety, and coping.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-494
Number of pages12
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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