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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hagopian, Louis Peter
URN etd-10122005-134424
Title Behavioral inhibition and test anxiety : an empirical investigation of Gray's theory
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ollendick, Thomas H. Committee Chair
Finney, Jack W. Committee Member
Franchina, Joseph J. Committee Member
Hamilton, David Committee Member
Jones, Russell T. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Inhibition
  • Test anxiety
  • Anxiety
Date of Defense 1991-04-05
Availability restricted
Abstract

The effects of test anxiety on behavioral inhibition were examined using three computerized behavioral tasks. High test anxious subjects demonstrated more behavioral inhibition than low test anxious subjects, according to frequency measures on two of the three behavioral tasks. Group differences in latency measures were not found, however. High test anxious subjects reported higher levels of state anxiety than low test anxious subjects. Increased behavioral inhibition was greater for the Punishment condition, which involved the loss of points and negative audio-visual feedback for incorrect responses, than for the Non-Reward condition. Contrary to initial predictions, group differences were found to be greater in the Non-Reward condition than in the Punishment condition.

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