The Role Of Noncognitive Skills In Explaining Cognitive Test Scores

This paper examines whether noncognitive skills - measured both by personality traits and economic preference parameters - influence cognitive tests performance. The basic idea is that noncognitive skills might affect the effort people put into a test to obtain good results. The authors experimentally varied the rewards for questions in a cognitive test to measure to what extent people are sensitive to financial incentives. To distinguish increased mental effort from extra time investments they also varied the questions' time constraints.

Provided by: United Nations University Topic: Software Date Added: Nov 2006 Format: PDF

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