Yerkes-Dodson: A Law for all Seasons

  title={Yerkes-Dodson: A Law for all Seasons},
  author={Karl Halvor Teigen},
  journal={Theory \& Psychology},
  pages={525 - 547}
  • K. Teigen
  • Published 1 November 1994
  • Psychology
  • Theory & Psychology
The paper traces the vicissitudes of the Yerkes-Dodson law from 1908 to the present. In its original form, the law was intended to describe the relation between stimulus strength and habit-formation for tasks varying in discrimination difficultness. But later generations of investigations and textbook authors have rendered it variously as the effects of punishment, reward, motivation, drive, arousal, anxiety, tension or stress upon learning, performance, problem-solving, coping or memory; while… 
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