Date of Award
Master of Science
J. Gayle Beck
This study investigated the effects of anxiety and social desirability on information processing for a stressful audio depicting either self-relevant or non-self-relevant stimuli. Sixty-two undergraduates were randomly assigned to listen to either stimulus condition describing a serious car accident. Participants completed an attention latency task during the audio clip. An explicit memory and implicit memory task were compelted after the task. Results indicate that indivduals reporting low levels of social desirability responded slower and had lower accuracy for the attention task in the non-self-relevant condition relative to the self-relevant condition. No significant interactions were found for explicit and implicit memory. Low levels of anxiety were associated with lower levels of positive affect for the self-relevant condition relative to the non-self-relevant condition. In light of these findings, results are discussed with respect to examining the underlying mechanisms of repression, and its effects on reduced information processing of traumatic events.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
McNiff, Judiann, "The Effects of Repression on Attention and Memory for Self-Relevant and Non-Self-Relevant Stimuli" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 507.