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Repression sensitization and cardiac responses to threat



Repression sensitization and cardiac responses to threat



Australian Journal of Psychology 28(3): 149-154



The validity of a self-report personality measure may perhaps be tested against subsequent autonomic responses. Defensive styles of 79 men were classified using Byrne's repression-sensitization scale. Physiological reactions (heart rate and skin conductance) of these subjects were recorded during the viewing, 2 yr later, of a film on lung cancer. Defensive style was apparently related to heart rate responses but this relationship was not found in the high threat condition. Two explanations were suggested.

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