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Effort (also called effort ) is a voluntary (and arduous) increase in normal activity in order to achieve a defined goal. Exertion causes dis-stress at times . Effort consists of motor and psychological components. The goal of exertion superimposes other appetites . Constant exertion changes the psyche and motor skills, which ideally adapt positively according to the requirements.

The incentive is the motive for an effort.


In the work psychology of the efforts is in regard to work between stress and strain discriminated eluting under stress rather objective, applied externally to the human factors such. B. understands noise, time pressure or contradicting expectations of employees. Under stress refers to the subjective effects of these pressures that are physical (eg. As stress on the cardiovascular system and muscles etc .; about by heavy lifting ) or psychological (eg. As stress of attention, memory, etc.) manifest can.

Psychology examines the degree of exertion as an indicator of the strength of the motivation with which a person performs his actions. Results, such as the Yerkes-Dodson law, can then again be relevant to economic psychology (activation model). The operationalization is complicated, however, since it is questionable how exactly motivation is to be distinguished from physiological activation and how performance is to be distinguished from exertion.

A measurement of physiological activation is possible via the heart rate variability .

Individual evidence

  1. Stress and strain - definition in the Gabler Wirtschaftslexikon
  2. Effort - Lexicon of Psychology at Wissenschaft-online.de

Web links

Wiktionary: effort  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
  • Effort - Lexicon of Psychology at Wissenschaft-online.de