Has the Inverted-U Theory of Stress and Job Performance Had a Fair Test?

  title={Has the Inverted-U Theory of Stress and Job Performance Had a Fair Test?},
  author={Lori A. Muse and Stanley G. Harris and Hubert S. Feild},
  journal={Human Performance},
  pages={349 - 364}
Even though researchers have been exploring the relation between stress and job performance for nearly a century, there remains controversy about whether the relation is best characterized as a negative linear relation, a positive linear relation, or as an inverted-U. The inverted-U theory has a great deal of intuitive appeal, yet research results weigh in favor of the negative linear relation. We reviewed studies performed over the past 25 years on the stress-performance relation. The results… 
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