Title

The Effects of Target Valence on Thought Suppression Efficacy

Date

5-30-2013 9:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Psychology

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Title

Psychology Poster Session 1

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Joel Alexander

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The present study investigated the role played by target valence on thought suppression outcomes. In the study, participants were randomly assigned to four valence groups (positive, negative-anxious, negative-depressing, and neutral), which determined the nature of their suppression targets. Participants completed writing tasks in which they recorded the number of intrusions of the target thought, first while suppressing the thought and second while not suppressing the thought. Participants reported significantly more intrusions in the suppression- compared to the nonsuppression-condition, but no difference was found between valence groups, suggesting that target valence is not a major determinant of thought suppression outcomes.

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May 30th, 9:00 AM

The Effects of Target Valence on Thought Suppression Efficacy

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

The present study investigated the role played by target valence on thought suppression outcomes. In the study, participants were randomly assigned to four valence groups (positive, negative-anxious, negative-depressing, and neutral), which determined the nature of their suppression targets. Participants completed writing tasks in which they recorded the number of intrusions of the target thought, first while suppressing the thought and second while not suppressing the thought. Participants reported significantly more intrusions in the suppression- compared to the nonsuppression-condition, but no difference was found between valence groups, suggesting that target valence is not a major determinant of thought suppression outcomes.