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Imagery vividness affects habituation rate

Drummond, P.D.ORCID: 0000-0002-3711-8737, White, K.L. and Ashton, R. (1978) Imagery vividness affects habituation rate. Psychophysiology, 15 (3). pp. 193-195.

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In order to investigate the effect of individual differences in imagery vividness on habituation rate, 14 subjects were threatened with receiving and then imagined receiving an electric shock. Subjects first habituated to a tone which was then used as an auditory signal for the shock threat and the imagined shock. The skin conductance response (SCR) was used to follow the course of habituation. Results demonstrated that subjects with non-vivid imagery habituated to the tone more rapidly than subjects with vivid imagery when the tone was associated with imagining an electric shock. Implications of this finding for therapeutic techniques using instructed imagery are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Psychology
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 1978 by The Society for Psychophysiological Research Inc.
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