Date on Honors Thesis

Spring 3-29-2024




Human Development and Learning

Examining Committee Member

Becky Nastally, PhD

Examining Committee Member

Jana Hackathorn, PhD

Examining Committee Member

Michael Bordieri, PhD


The present study sought to determine the effects of the Mystery Motivator behavioral intervention on attendance in an introductory psychology course. At a medium sized university in the Midwest, one class participated in the study. Ultimately, the Mystery Motivator was ineffective at increasing the percentage of enrolled students that attended class each day, however other notable findings were observed. For example, social validity measures indicated that of the students who voluntarily completed the survey, mostly liked the intervention and would want other classes to implement similar programs. There were several limitations identified in the current study and future research should continue to investigate the impact of the Mystery Motivator in a college population.