Exploring the relationships among professional interest and cognitive abilities
LE3 .A278 2019
Bachelor of Science
Research suggests that the relationships among multi-tasking, working memory and fluid intelligence may play a role in understanding career interest. The current research study investigated the relationship between career interest and cognitive ability. Cognitive ability was determined by measuring multi-tasking, working memory, and fluid intelligence. Sixty-two undergraduate students, aged 17–25 years, completed a demographics questionnaire, a career interest survey (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Enterprising, Conventional), the Dalhousie Computerized Attentional Assessment Battery (DalCAB), and the Ravens Advanced Progressive Matrices Measure (APM). It was hypothesized that there would be a relationship between professional interest and cognitive abilities. However, a multivariate analysis of variance did not support the hypothesis. These results show that more research is needed to discover the motivators behind profession interest.
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