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Committee Members

Joseph Lyons (Committee Member), Tamera Schneider (Advisor), Valerie Shalin (Committee Member), Wayne Shebilske (Committee Member)

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Threat stress appraisals can negatively affect individuals by decreasing performance (Gildea, Schneider, & Shebilske, 2007). Performance is also influenced by a team's ability to coordinate tasks (Entin & Serfaty, 1999). This study investigated the link between team stressor appraisals, coordination, and performance. Using a simulated team environment, teams were evaluated on their perceived stress appraisals, coordination as indicated through instant messaging, and team performance. Findings showed that team stressor appraisals were marginally related to coordination and significantly related to performance. Coordination was related to team performance. Further research should be performed using varied levels of a stressful scenario to evaluate the effects of distress on teams and the use of the stressor appraisal scale as a measure of team stress on coordination.

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Department or Program

Department of Psychology

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