Contrasting the ironic monitoring and motivational explanations of postsuppressional rebound

Enticott, Peter G. and Gold, Ron 2002, Contrasting the ironic monitoring and motivational explanations of postsuppressional rebound, Psychological reports, vol. 90, no. 2, pp. 447-450.

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Title Contrasting the ironic monitoring and motivational explanations of postsuppressional rebound
Author(s) Enticott, Peter G.ORCID iD for Enticott, Peter G.
Gold, Ron
Journal name Psychological reports
Volume number 90
Issue number 2
Start page 447
End page 450
Publisher Ammons Scientific Ltd.
Place of publication Missoula, Mont.
Publication date 2002
ISSN 0033-2941
Summary Suppressing a thought often results in postsuppressional rebound, that is, a subsequent increase in the incidence of the suppressed thought. The present study was dcsigned to distinguish between two explanations of rebound: Wegner's 1994 ironic monitoring theory and Liberman and Forster's 2000 motivational account. Participants (99 Deakin University students) first suppressed, then expressed, thoughts of a white bear. In some conditions, a delay--presented as occurring either intentionally or unintentionally--between suppression and expression was introduced. In other conditions, participants concurrently completed a memory task and were encouraged to antribute the difficulty of suppression either to this task or to the requirement of suppression. An intentional delay, but not an unintentional delay, reduced rebound, while attributing difficulty to the suppression requirement was associated with greater rebound than was attributing it to the memory task. The results are interpreted as supporting Liberman and Forster's motivational account of rebound.
Language eng
Field of Research 170103 Educational Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Ammons Scientific Ltd.
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