CATASTROPHE CUSP THEORY By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 A theory dealing with the interaction of cognitive anxiety and physiological arousal. Performance will increase to a certain point but then will suddenly drop off. CATASTROPHE CUSP THEORY: "The catastrophe cusp theory looks at arouisal and cognitive anxiety of situations." Related Psychology Terms CATASTROPHE CUSP THEORY AROUSAL-PERFORMANCE RELATIONSHIP SCHACHTER-SINGER THEORY PROCESSING-EFFICIENCY THEORY AROUSAL AROUSAL THEORY AROUSAL JAG AROUSAL-REDUCTION MECHANISM PRECOMPETITION ANXIETY INVERTED-U HYPOTHESIS Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CATASTROPHE CUSP THEORY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/catastrophe-cusp-theory-2/ (accessed December 4, 2020).