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Table 4 Trait correlates of task/activity preferences

From: Subjective (dis)utility of effort: mentally and physically demanding tasks

Trait Task/Activity
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
PS/physical Games Retire plan Read EH,
   IRS NYT, write
    SAT essays
Self-Concept
 Verbal/Crystallized .02 .10 −.06 −.24*
 Math/Fluid .25* −.25* −.22 −.00
Interests
 Realistic −.15 −.20 .01 −.10
 Investigative −.05 −.01 .14 −.39**
 Artistic −.11 −.12 .44** −.37**
 Social −.15 .12 .07 −.16
 Enterprising .29* .25* −.43** −.34**
 Conventional .05 −.12 −.57** −.12
Personality Trait Complexes
 Mastery/Need for Achievement .06 .00 .03 −.29*
 TIE, Openness, Desire to Learn .16 −.17 .06 −.49**
 Lack of worry/negative emotions in Ach Contexts, Social Closeness, Extroversion .31** .26* −.24* −.22
 Competitiveness, Other-Oriented Goals .16 −.21 −.09 .12
  1. Positive correlations indicate higher levels of trait are associated with lower attractiveness/higher aversion to tasks/activities, negative correlations indicate higher levels of trait associated with higher attractiveness/lower aversion to tasks/activities
  2. PS Perceptual Speed, IRS Internal Revenue Service, EH European history, NYT The New York Times, Ach Achievement
  3. *p < .05; **p < .01, N = 77