Abstract for: A Conceptual Feedback Model of Performance Dynamics

Human behavior is extremely complex and influenced by a large variety of factors. Psychologists are given the challenge of constructing models that do justice to this complexity. In this study, we constructed a conceptual model of performance dynamics. We specifically focused on how the GPA of a student changes over time. In constructing the model, we utilized the existing theories in psychology and feedback perspective of systems thinking/system dynamics. As most psychologists still lack the language they need to accurately portray human behavior, this model serves the purpose of promoting the use of systems thinking/system dynamics within psychology. This is done by combining several theories concerning motivation and goal directed behavior into a conceptual model of performance dynamics. The model variables are explained and the feedback loops were discussed in detail. In future studies, we plan to use this conceptual model in explaining different modes of behavior observed in performance dynamics.