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ERIC Number: ED173352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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Asymmetric Finger Temperature Response to Test Anxiety Imagery.
Jamieson, John L.; And Others
Finger temperature was recorded bilaterally from 29 right handed test anxious females while they listened to a tape describing test taking situations. Subjects also completed the A-State and A-Trait anxiety inventories, the Test Anxiety Inventory, the Irrational Beliefs Test, and the Differential Personality Questionnaire. A significant temperature decrease in response to the test anxiety tape was observed on the left but not the right hand. A difference score reflecting greater decrease in left than right hand temperature was significantly correlated with five trait variables, indicating a relatively greater left hand decrease in subjects with higher trait anxiety, more irrational beliefs, a poorer feeling of well being, being more reactive to stress and less assertive in social situation. These results support a greater role of the right hemisphere in autonomic response to stressful situations. (Author/RD)
Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bilateral Differences; Hemispheric Lateralization
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (24th, Atlanta, Georgia, March 15-18, 1978)