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Expectancy effects upon self recorded eye blinking behavior

Behavior Therapy 8(5): 832-839

Expectancy effects upon self recorded eye blinking behavior

Effects of self-recording and expectancy upon eye blinking were assessed in an ABAB design with 37 undergraduates. Members of a control group did not record their eye blinks during four 4-min periods. Members of 3 experimental groups self-recorded their eye blinks during the second and fourth 4-min periods. One experimental group was told to expect an increase in eye-blinking rates over base rate as a result of the self-recording requirement, 1 group was told to expect a decrease and 1 group was not given an expectancy. All subjects [Ss] were required to respond to serial-learning word lists throughout each of the 4-min periods to standardize the experimental session and to focus the Ss' eyes upon 1 spot for easy videotaping. Self-recording had a reactive effect upon rate of eye blinking, but expectancy did not have an effect. Advantages of the experimental paradigm were discussed.

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