Cognitive Word Use and Psychological Closure

Time and Location
Poster Session VI - Board: VI-076
Saturday May 24, 2008, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Exhibit Hall

Lisa M. Hathaway
University of North Texas

Adriel Boals
University of North Texas

Joseph L. Alcorn
University of North Texas

Jennifer Goodwin
University of North Texas

Cognitive word use and galvanic skin response were measured during descriptions of nominated events that varied in terms of psychological closure. Cognitive word use was associated with decreased physiological arousal only when writing about open events. Possible implications for coping with stressful memories will be discussed.

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