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Hulleman et al., 2017, Experiment 2: Relating psychology course with their lives increased final exam scores and interest in psychology among undergraduates who performed poorly on the first exam

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Hulleman, C. S., Kosovich, J. J., Barron, K. E., & Daniel, D. B. (2017). Making connections: Replicating and extending the utility value intervention in the classroom. Journal of Educational Psychology, 109(3), 387.
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Summary:

Undergraduate students enrolled in an introductory psychology class were asked, following the first exam, to reflect on ways that the course material might be relevant to their life in an online survey and, following the second exam, to describe how a topic in the course is useful or meaningful to them and how learning about it will be beneficial to them in the future. Among students who performed poorly on the first exam, this raised final exam scores and interest in psychology as compared to a randomized control condition. The greatest benefits were for men. There was no additional effect of a randomized implementation intention element, which additionally asked students where and when they might think about the relevance of the course materials to their lives, obstacles that could prevent this, and how they could overcome these obstacles.

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

Selves (My Own and Others')

Approach to Desired Meaning

What about it?

Changing beliefs about goals

Psychological Question Addressed

Where and when will I accomplish my goals?

Psychological Process 2:

Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Where and when will I accomplish my goals?

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