Print Email Facebook Twitter Challenging assignments and activating mood: The influence of goal orientation Title Challenging assignments and activating mood: The influence of goal orientation Author Preenen, P.T.Y. van Vianen, A.E.M. de Pater, I.E. Publication year 2014 Abstract We examined the impact of induced goal orientation on individuals' positive- and negative-activating mood when taking part in high- or low-challenging assignments. Results indicated that performing a low-challenging assignment leads to a higher positive-activating mood with a performance-approach orientation than with a mastery approach, or no goal orientation. In contrast, conducting a high-challenging assignment leads to a higher positive-activating mood with a mastery approach than with a performance approach, or no goal orientation. These findings suggest that high-challenging assignments are best instructed with a focus on learning whereas low-challenging assignments are best instructed with a focus on superior performance. Subject Resilient OrganisationsSP - Sustainable Productivity and EmployabilityELSS - Earth, Life and Social SciencesWork and EmploymentWorkplaceHealthy Living To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:a61dca4a-db43-48bc-8206-da9f642a497a DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/jasp.12256 TNO identifier 515988 Source Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 44 (10), 650-659 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.