Measuring Public Speaking Anxiety : Self-report, behavioral, and physiological
Gallego, A., McHugh, L., Penttonen, M., & Lappalainen, R. (2021). Measuring Public Speaking Anxiety : Self-report, behavioral, and physiological. Behavior Modification, OnlineFirst. https://doi.org/10.1177/0145445521994308
Published inBehavior Modification
DisciplinePsykologiaMonitieteinen aivotutkimuskeskusPsychologyCentre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research
© 2021 the Authors
Self-reports are typically used to assess public speaking anxiety. In this study, we examined whether self-report, observer report, and behavioral and physiological reactivity were associated with each other during a speech challenge task. A total of 95 university students completed a self-report measure of public speaking anxiety before and after the speech challenge. Speech duration (i.e., behavioral measure), physiological reactivity, as well as speech performance evaluated by the participants and observers were also recorded. The results suggest that self-reported public speaking anxiety predicts speech duration, as well as speech quality, as rated by the participants themselves and observers. However, the physiological measures were not associated with self-reported anxiety during the speech task. Additionally, we observed that socially anxious participants underrate their speech performance in comparison to their observers’ evaluations.
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Additional information about fundingAna Gallego has gotten funding for conducting this research project from the Student Life, which is a unit from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
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