Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 105–114 | Cite as

Type a behavior, field dependence, and hypervigilance: Toward increased Type A specificity

  • Frederick Rhodewalt
  • Jennifer O'Keeffe


Field dependence and hypervigilance are two modes of sensory information processing that have been related to cardiovascular functioning. Two studies examined the relationship between these variables and Type A behavior. In both studies, Jenkins Activity Survey-defined Type A and B subjects were assessed for field dependence by the Embedded Figures Test (EFT) and then performed a size estimation task—the measure of hypervigilance. Results indicated that field-dependent Type A's were most hypervigilant. The possible contribution that perceptual style might make to the greater predictive specificity of Type A measures was discussed.


Information Processing Social Psychology Sensory Information Size Estimation Field Dependence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick Rhodewalt
    • 1
  • Jennifer O'Keeffe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake City

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