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Title: Dynamics of flow: a nonlinear perspective
Author: Ceja, Lucía
Navarro Cid, José
Keywords: Motivació (Psicologia)
Actitud (Psicologia)
Caos (Teoria de sistemes)
Motivation (Psychology)
Attitude (Psychology)
Chaotic behavior in systems
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Springer Science + Business Media
Abstract: The aims of this study are to consider the experience of flow from a nonlinear dynamics perspective. The processes and temporal nature of intrinsic motivation and flow, would suggest that flow experiences fluctuate over time in a dynamical fashion. Thus it can be argued that the potential for chaos is strong. The sample was composed of 20 employees (both full and part time) recruited from a number of different organizations and work backgrounds. The Experience Sampling Method (ESM) was used for data collection. Once obtained the temporal series, they were subjected to various analyses proper to the com- plexity theory (Visual Recurrence Analysis and Surrogate Data Analysis). Results showed that in 80% of the cases, flow presented a chaotic dynamic, in that, flow experiences delineated a complex dynamic whose patterns of change were not easy to predict. Implications of the study, its limitations and future research are discussed.
Note: Versió postprint del document publicat a: DOI 10.1007/s10902-008-9113-6
It is part of: Journal of Happiness Studies, 2009, vol. 10, num. 6, p. 665-684
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ISSN: 1389-4978
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Psicologia Social i Psicologia Quantitativa)

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