The influence of language background on test performance

data from the Macquarie University Neuropsychological Normative Study (MUNNS)

Jane R. Carstairs, EA Shores

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract


Attachment theory was found to explain some key aspects of love and work behaviour. Participants supplied urine samples pre and post their annual performance appraisal and allowed researchers access to appraisal documents and psychological tests. Significant effects were found for gender, success at the performance appraisal and time. Poor performing men and women experienced significant adrenalin activation during the appraisal. Females experienced significant cortisol activation. Attachment styles of successful men were found to be dismissing, a finding at odds with most management literature. Successful female managers were the only securely attached group indicating gender styles in management could have neurochemical correlates. Issues for supervisors and organisations are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-118
Number of pages1
JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
Issue numberSupplement 1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2003

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