Defense preference and perceptual decision making
Nalven, Fredric Bertram
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The general problem investigated was the relationship between psychological defense and decision making. The perceptual decision making performances of repressors and intellectualizers were compared under two different conditions of stress. The specific decision making variables studied were (1) the number of alternative hypotheses formulated, and (2) the amount of cue search required for a final decision. A sentence-completion test, which served as the measure of defense preference, was administered to 224 college students. On the basis of extreme scores on this test, 30 subjects were selected as the repressor group and 30 as the intellectualizer group. These 60 subjects were then administered the perceptual decision making teest. This consisted of eight crudely drawn pictures presented by means of a special device, in cumulative horizontal segments. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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