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Auditory Subliminal Stimuli

Ilkhani, Malihe LU (2008) PSY161 20082
Department of Psychology
Abstract (Swedish)
The aim was to study whether stimuli that cannot be detected consciously might nevertheless influence subject’s higher cognitive functions, and whether such an effect differs in individuals with different levels of state-trait anxiety, social desirability and “Repressor”. Participants (N = 56) listened to a classical piece of music in which subliminal messages were embedded. These messages could be either positive (“I am clever”) or negative (“I am worthless”). After listening to the music participant had to complete the Standard Progressive Matrices test (Raven, Court & Raven, 1992). Levels of state and trait anxiety and social desirability were evaluated by means of questionnaires, which the subjects filled in before and after they... (More)
The aim was to study whether stimuli that cannot be detected consciously might nevertheless influence subject’s higher cognitive functions, and whether such an effect differs in individuals with different levels of state-trait anxiety, social desirability and “Repressor”. Participants (N = 56) listened to a classical piece of music in which subliminal messages were embedded. These messages could be either positive (“I am clever”) or negative (“I am worthless”). After listening to the music participant had to complete the Standard Progressive Matrices test (Raven, Court & Raven, 1992). Levels of state and trait anxiety and social desirability were evaluated by means of questionnaires, which the subjects filled in before and after they listened to the music. Results revealed an interaction effect between social desirability and the subliminal messages for the dependent variable score on the Matrices test. Different possible explanations for the results are given; and finally suggestions for future research are recommended. (Less)
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Ilkhani, Malihe LU
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PSY161 20082
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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English
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1465044
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2009-09-14 11:10:18
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  abstract     = {The aim was to study whether stimuli that cannot be detected consciously might nevertheless influence subject’s higher cognitive functions, and whether such an effect differs in individuals with different levels of state-trait anxiety, social desirability and “Repressor”. Participants (N = 56) listened to a classical piece of music in which subliminal messages were embedded. These messages could be either positive (“I am clever”) or negative (“I am worthless”). After listening to the music participant had to complete the Standard Progressive Matrices test (Raven, Court & Raven, 1992). Levels of state and trait anxiety and social desirability were evaluated by means of questionnaires, which the subjects filled in before and after they listened to the music. Results revealed an interaction effect between social desirability and the subliminal messages for the dependent variable score on the Matrices test. Different possible explanations for the results are given; and finally suggestions for future research are recommended.},
  author       = {Ilkhani, Malihe},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Auditory Subliminal Stimuli},
  year         = {2008},
}