How the behavioral approach system predicts everyday life outcomes

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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. https://doi.org/10.5406/amerjpsyc.123.3.0353
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How the behavioral approach system predicts everyday life outcomes

ERA Journal ID6080
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsIzadikhah, Zahra (Author) and Jackson, Chris J. (Author)
Journal TitleAmerican Journal of Psychology
Journal Citation123 (3), pp. 353-365
Number of Pages13
Year2010
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN0002-9556
1939-8298
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5406/amerjpsyc.123.3.0353
Web Address (URL)http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/amerjpsyc.123.3.0353
Abstract

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.

Keywordsjob satisfaction; personality psychology; perceptual organization; psychological reinforcement; climate models
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520104. Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
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University of New South Wales
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