Skip to main content
placeholder image

Electrodermal responses to emotive and non-emotive words as a function of personality differences in affect level

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This study examined the use of the P scale of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire as a pencil and paper estimate of level of affect lability. Groups of subjects differing on the P scale were presented with emotive and non-emotive words. High P (low affect) subjects appeared inhibited in their emotional rating of all words, and displayed a restricted range in their reporting of this rating. Further, the electrodermal activity elicited by these words differed between the groups, with high P subjects again appearing relatively inhibited. These results support the validity of the P scale as a measure of affect lability and have implications for a recent hypothesis of impaired functioning of the reticular activating system in early-onset psychosis. The results may also be interpreted to support the role of significance in elicitation of the orienting response. © 1980, All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 1980

Citation


  • Barry, R. J. (1980). Electrodermal responses to emotive and non-emotive words as a function of personality differences in affect level. Biological Psychology, 11(3-4), 161-168. doi:10.1016/0301-0511(80)90052-6

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0019252401

Start Page


  • 161

End Page


  • 168

Volume


  • 11

Issue


  • 3-4

Abstract


  • This study examined the use of the P scale of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire as a pencil and paper estimate of level of affect lability. Groups of subjects differing on the P scale were presented with emotive and non-emotive words. High P (low affect) subjects appeared inhibited in their emotional rating of all words, and displayed a restricted range in their reporting of this rating. Further, the electrodermal activity elicited by these words differed between the groups, with high P subjects again appearing relatively inhibited. These results support the validity of the P scale as a measure of affect lability and have implications for a recent hypothesis of impaired functioning of the reticular activating system in early-onset psychosis. The results may also be interpreted to support the role of significance in elicitation of the orienting response. © 1980, All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 1980

Citation


  • Barry, R. J. (1980). Electrodermal responses to emotive and non-emotive words as a function of personality differences in affect level. Biological Psychology, 11(3-4), 161-168. doi:10.1016/0301-0511(80)90052-6

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0019252401

Start Page


  • 161

End Page


  • 168

Volume


  • 11

Issue


  • 3-4