Behavioral Approach and Inhibition

The Behavioral approach and inhibition scales (BIS/BAS) are derived from Gray's biopsychological theory of personality. The two primary dimensions reflect individual's tendencies to experience approach or appetitive motivations (BAS) and inhibitory or avoidance motivations (BIS). These dimensions are related to basic biological functions such as reward versus punishment sensitivity, and the fight or flight response.

The task you will engage in to complete the Behavioral Approach and Inhibition measure is a simple survey. You will see 24 statements, one at a time, and rate them with respect to how well they apply to yourself on the 1-4 scale shown above (left). At the end of the study, you will be presented with histograms that reflect the distribution of other participants' responses on behavioral inhitibion (BIS) and the three behavioral approach (BAS) subscales: drive, fun seeking, and reward sensitivity. Your scores relative to others will be shown via a vertical line, as shown above (right). Please note that receiving a high or low score on this survey is not necessarily a good or bad thing. There are both advantages and drawbacks to BIS and BAS, and only you can decide how to appropriately weigh the information the survey provides. If you wish to participate in the Behavioral Approach and Inhibition survey, please click the button below.