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Title: Self-efficacy and the prediction of domain-specific cognitive abilities
Authors: Paunonen, S.V.
Hong, R.Y. 
Issue Date: Feb-2010
Citation: Paunonen, S.V., Hong, R.Y. (2010-02). Self-efficacy and the prediction of domain-specific cognitive abilities. Journal of Personality 78 (1) : 339-360. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We evaluated predictors of performance in 4 specific cognitive ability domains: verbal, numerical, spatial, and mechanical. The predictors were individual differences in self-efficacy beliefs, self-enhancement tendencies, and cross-domain abilities. Our university students' beliefs about their verbal, numerical, and spatial capabilities correlated well with their actual performance on standardized tests (verbal r=.33, numerical r=.27, spatial r=.36). In contrast, the students' self-efficacy for mechanical tasks did relatively poorly in predicting mechanical test performance (r=.10). Most interesting were two other findings: (a) The best predictor of domain performance was level of cross-domain performance by far, even for mechanical tasks, and (b) self-enhancement tendencies added to cross-domain abilities and self-efficacy beliefs in the prediction of performance. The results are discussed in terms of possible mechanisms explaining how one's score on a maximal performance task can be affected by self-efficacy beliefs and self-enhancement tendencies. © 2010, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Source Title: Journal of Personality
ISSN: 00223506
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2009.00618.x
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