Robert Mearns Yerkes

(redirected from Yerkes-Dodson law)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Yerkes-Dodson law: James-Lange theory, Cannon-Bard theory
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Robert Mearns Yerkes - United States psychologist who studied the intelligence of primates (1876-1956)
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
The relation of operator utilization ratio and operator performance obeys the Yerkes-Dodson law [20], which is shown in Figure 1.
Applied to motoring, The Yerkes-Dodson Law states that drivers become complacent if there is very little to focus on, like driving on a straight and empty 300-kilometer highway.
The influence of arousal on cognitive performance has been studied for over a century, starting with the Yerkes-Dodson law (Yerkes & Dodson, 1908), according to which there is a nonlinear relationship between arousal and performance, which first improves with increasing arousal but then drops back when arousal levels get too high.
The century-old Yerkes-Dodson law holds that there's an inverted U-shaped relationship between stress and performance.
MIT went back more than a century to the work of two early psychologists, Robert Yerkes and John Dodson, who developed an inverted U-shaped curve to demonstrate the relationship between attentiveness--or "arousal", as the Yerkes-Dodson Law calls it--and performance of tasks.