Buckert et al’s research article, “How stressful are economic competitions in the lab? An investigation with physiological measures”, did a really good job at demonstrating how stressful competition really is when it is viewed as a threat rather than a challenge. As Buckert et al’s study examined “if a well-established laboratory economic tournament game may function as stress, i.e., elicit a psychophysiological stress response. Measuring mood, heart rate, cortisol and testosterone levels” (pg. 232). Even though this was for a laboratory economic competition, all of the results seemed relatable to everyday situations when faced with competition. As the study showed that when competition is perceived as a challenge, it results in the person using an active coping strategy and a better mood and increased activity. This is evident in real life situations when someone feels confident in what they are doing and don’t view the competition as a threat they perform better and their mood increases. Whereas, if someone doesn’t feel as confident in what they are doing and view it as a threat their mood decreases and heart increases, this in which I have been familiar with when it has come to sport competitions where I have not been very confident in. Whereas, if it’s something I enjoy doing and feel confident, I perform better and enjoy doing it.
Buckert et al’s research article used many credible sources on top of their study which made it very credible. As it displayed evidence from other disciplines as well.
The reason I chose that picture was because everyones face is different in it. Some people are happy, some sad, some sweating and some taking it like its really easy. I thought this was relatable to Buckert et al’s article as everyone took competition differently. Depending on whether they viewed it as a threat or challenge. I find this evident in whether people use active coping strategies or passive coping strategy and how their mood gets affected. As from the article, depending on the person everyone can have different preferences of how they view competition and can handle situations, which overall affects their performance and mood.
Buckert et al’s research article is similar to Nelson et al’s “Competition, education and assessment: connecting history with recent scholarship” as it discusses the physiological affects of competition as well with similar negative behaviour when it is viewed as a threat. In Nelson’s article, students who viewed education as a contest resulted in students performing worse and learning behaviour decreased. Buckert’s research article is also similar to Chen’s article of the study where students who were in the competition mode had decreased learning behaviour and it affected their mood negatively as there were time constraints and peer pressures. Dislplaying that all three articles display that competition affects physiological aspects negatively when viewed as a threat.
Relating to how elisejuncker related Dawson et al’s article to Buckert’s, she quotes Dawson et al’s article, “With every degree of competition that is introduced to goad their performance, students experience anxiety. […] Of course if I already feel the failure that I fear, my learning will be discouraged […].” and says that “that might explain why individuals with low self-esteem or anxiety are more hesitant to compete”. Agreeing with Elise how this might make someone feel closer to the failure than they do to the success. I personally believe this to be true as for myself when I’m faced with competition and see my competitors as better than I am or a threat, or am placed with intimidating people, I often feel anxious and nervous to compete which I do believe affects my performance. As this was evident in Buckert’s article where people’s heart rate increased.