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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

J. Roseann Hannon

First Committee Member

Gary N. Howells

Second Committee Member

Douglas W. Matheson


Recently, a revitalized interest in the effects of cognitive inhibition and its implications for psychological and physical health has emerged. Some researchers believe that inhibition is difficult, fosters subsequent incursions of the inhibited thought, and also fosters increased phasic stress responses which can lead into increased susceptibility to stress illnesses. This study attempted to support these assertions by using a split-plot factorial 2 x 2 x 5 design exposing participants to two levels of distress and two types of inhibition and measuring suppression across five 1-min intervals. Results provided mixed support that autonomic arousal and difficulty of suppression are related to saliency of distressing experiences and type of inhibition strategy employed. Implications for methodological issues and general health are discussed.



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