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Differences in Latency to Articulate Thoughts Versus Feelings Using the ATSS Paradigm
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by Erin N. Ring and Gerald Davison* - University of Southern California
This study is a detailed look at the different latencies to express either concurrent thoughts or feelings in the Articulated Thoughts in Simulated Situations (ATSS) paradigm. Based on information processing theory, it was hypothesized there would be a greater time delay between the find of a scenario segment and the beginning of an articulation when people were asked to give their feelings versus their thoughts. This differential was assumed to be due to a translation step that may occur when people attempt to put their feelings into words. Data were collected from 55 participants who listened to both a provocative and a neutral stimulus tape. Although there were no significant differences in latency between articulation of thoughts and feelings, there were meaningful differences between the provocative and neutral latencies.