Title page for ETD etd-05012008-223529

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Cox, David E.
Author's Email Address dacox1@vt.edu
URN etd-05012008-223529
Title Neuropsychological and psychophysiological correlates of anger expression styles
Degree PhD
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Harrison, David W. Committee Chair
Bell, Martha Ann Committee Member
Cooper, Lee D. Committee Member
Kim-Spoon, Jungmeen Committee Member
  • functional cerebral systems
  • anger
Date of Defense 2008-03-25
Availability unrestricted
The proposed research will investigate the effects of self-reported anger expression style on cerebrally lateralized physiological responses to a neuropsychological stressor and a painful stimulus. Specifically, this research examined changes in systole and grip strength in response to a verbal fluency task, a figural fluency task and exposure to a cold pressor. Significant group by trial interaction effects were found for mean number of perseverative errors on neuropsychological measures (F(1,54) = 10.89, p < 0.05), systolic blood pressure following administration of a verbal fluency measure(F(1,54) = 5.86, p < 0.05), and non-verbal fluency measure (F(1,54) = 13.68, p<.001), heart rate following administration of verbal (F(1,54) = 5.86, p < 0.05), and non verbal fluency measures (F(1,54) = 13.68, p<.001), and grip strength following exposure to the cold pressor (F(1,54) = 13.69, p < 0.001). Results are discussed in terms of functional cerebral systems and potential implications for physiological models of anger.
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