ERIC Number: ED030934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
A Laboratory Approach to the Cognitive Control of Anxiety.
Carlson, William A.; And Others
This research focuses on the effect of verbal behavior on the conditioning and extinction of an autonomic response, namely, the galvanic skin response (GSR). The major assumption is that the experimentor's verbal behavior produces verbal behavior internal to the subject, and this, in turn has a modifying effect on the conditioning phenomena. The subjects, method, and procedure are discussed, including the use of electric shock, complete with directions given to the subjects. Scoring and results are given, followed by a discussion which notes a significant relationship between the experimentor's instructions and the subject's GSR. Results indicate that cognition can and does control physiological arousal or emotions, and that instructions given by the experimentor can produce some degree of emotion control. References and pictures are found at the end of this study. (SJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper was presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 31, 1969.