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Nathan Bowling (Committee Member), Gary Burns (Committee Member), David LaHuis (Committee Chair), Daniel Smith (Committee Member)

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


D. G. Winter, John, Stewart, Klohnen, and Duncan (1998) demonstrated the first use of the channeling hypothesis to show how the explicit personality trait of extraversion channeled one’s implicit achievement and affiliation personality to predict important life outcomes. Since then, various implicit and explicit measures of personality have been combined, but moderation analyses have predominantly been the “mechanism of operation” to demonstrate the channeling hypothesis (Bing, LeBreton, Davison, Migetz, & James, 2007, p. 147). The current study had two goals. The first goal was to use implicit and explicit measures of aggression to predict performance of 325 men and women from the United Sates Military Academy in a mandatory boxing course. The second goal was to determine whether or not other statistical methodologies could be established as the mechanism of operation for the channeling hypothesis. Using path analyses of structural equations models, we found that explicit aggression channels implicit aggression to predict boxing performance, but not all facets of explicit aggression were effective channels of implicit aggression. The moderation analysis was the only statistical methodology established as a mechanism of operation for the channeling hypothesis. We found larger effect sizes than are typically found in high-stakes, maximum-performance, or strong situations.

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Department of Psychology

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