Forty-eight subjects (24 men, 24 women) responded to 20 word stimuli presented by a microcomputer program that recorded each subject's response latency and response to each stimulus word. Emotionality of stimulus word and presence/absence of an observer were independently varied. Two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed significant difference in latencies attributable to the emotionality of the stimulus word, whereas neither the presence/absence of the observer nor the interaction effect was significant. The results suggest the possible use of latency analysis as a tool in situations where an objective, statistical, and easily obtainable evaluative measurement of the level of emotionality of various verbal stimuli is desired.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Personality Assessment in 1990, published online on 22 June 2011, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00223891.1990.9674045

ISSN:0022-3891 Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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Psychology (CLA)


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