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TITLE: Word Association Test
The formation of word association and perceptual defense aim to measure signs of emotional complexes and to be able to identify the degree of threshold for each selected stimulus. The apparatus needed were paper, pencil and ninety-nine (99) stimulus words. For the procedure, the experiment has 1 phase: determination of association reaction time and the measurement of recognition thresholds. Ninety-nine carefully chosen words were presented one at a time. The experiment concludes that there were different signs of emotional complexes and different degree of threshold for
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The observes reacted with GSR’s of significantly greater magnitude during the pre-recognition presentation of the critical words than they did before recognizing the neutral words. In addition, the observes displayed significantly higher thresholds recognition for the critical than for the neutral words. Hypotheses made before recognition of the charged words were of such a nature as to indicate resistance to recognizing these words. The findings are interpreted as representing conditioned avoidance of verbal symbols having unpleasant meanings to the observer. The stimulus word serves as cue to deeply imbedded anxiety which is revealed in automatic reactivity as measured by the GSR. Avoidance of further anxiety is contemporaneously aroused in the form of perceptual defense again. ( http://faculty.unsfsu.edu/tvancantfort/syllabi/gresearch/readings/A_McGinnies.pdf ) A tachistoscopic presentation to subject of one list was followed two weeks later by a presentation of second list. It was found that six of twelve subjects showed higher and two subjects lower threshold to emotional words on both occasions. Correlation between two test in terms of individual performance was highly significant ( Singer, 1956) Words associated with either avoidance habits or disruptive states, unfamiliar words, moderately familiar words connected

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