Journal of Social Sciences

A New Experimental Method for Generating Locus of Control using a Wooden Labyrinth

Katherine E. Riley, Maureen A. Sullivan and Charles I. Abramson

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2017.166.172

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 13, Issue 3

Pages 166-172


The labyrinth was investigated as a means of generating stimuli in a locus of control paradigm. The experiment consisted of 56 undergraduates. Following completion of the Rotter I-E locus of control measure, participants negotiated a steel ball through a series of 44 obstacles over several trials. Analyses revealed evidence of greater persistence in participants with an internal locus of control than in participants with an external locus of control. The findings of this experiment indicate that the labyrinth is a useful apparatus to study locus of control under laboratory conditions.


© 2017 Katherine E. Riley, Maureen A. Sullivan and Charles I. Abramson. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.