Term of Award

Spring 1978

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Illegible

Committee Member 1

Paul R. Kleinginna, Jr.

Committee Member 2

Anne M. Kleinginna

Abstract

Researchers have generally come to consider the Digit Span (DS) subtest of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale and the Multiple Affect Adjective Checklist as measures of "state-anxiety." In Johnson and Speilberger's study, relaxation practice significantly lowered "state-anxiety" as a function of MAACL ratings. The present study examined the relationship between relaxation practice and DS performance. Thirty-six undergraduate students were administered the DS and MAACL before and after either a relaxation practice or a neutral control condition The students' performances were compared by trial and treatment. Results indicated that relaxation practice had no significant effect on DS performance or MAACL ratings. The effect of trial on DS performance was significant indicating possible effect due to practice.

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