DIFFERENCES IN LOCUS OF CONTROL ON RISK TAKING IN TRAFFIC AND VISUAL SHORT-TERM MEMORY AT STUDENTS

 

COSMIN GEORGESCU, MIHAELA CHRAIF

University of Bucharest, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

 

Abstract

The main objective of the present thesis is to study the level of risk-taking tendency among young people with an internal or external-ambivalent locus of control. In light of this, there were applied two laboratory tests contained in the Vienna Test Systems battery (ATAVT - Adaptive Traffic Perception Test and WRBTV Tachistoscope - Vienna Risk-Taking Test Traffic) and for identifying the position of locus of control Rotter’s Locus of Control Scale was used. The research sample was formed by psychology students, in number of 41 participants (23 women and 18 men) aged between 19 and 25 years. They were split into two independent groups depending on the position of the locus of control (17 internal and 24 external/ambivalent) after completing the locus of control questionnaire.

The results showed that there was no statistically significant difference between participants with external/ambivalent locus of control and those with internal locus of control in terms of risk-taking tendency in traffic. In terms of visual short-term memory capacity it has been found that there are significant differences between participants with internal and external/ambivalent locus of control.

 

Cuvinte cheie: locus of control, asumarea riscului în trafic, memorie vizuală de scurtă durată

 Keywords: locus of control, risk taking in traffic, visual short term memory

 

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