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The relationship between individual differences in defensive style and concept formation.
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PMID:  1571306     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The relationship between defensive style and concept formation with aggressive and neutral stimuli was investigated. Very strong relationships were found between the use of avoidant and repressive defenses and the number of errors made in acquiring and utilizing an aggressive concept. This relationship was not found for the neutral concept. The results suggest the importance of directing attention to the relevant stimulus dimension in efficient concept formation. Insofar as defensive style involves a particular way of deploying attention (e.g. avoidance of a particular content) and insofar as the affective nature of the stimulus material lends itself to the elicitation of defensive reactions, individual differences in defensive style can serve as a robust predictor of efficiency of concept formation.
J P Szalai; M N Eagle
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of medical psychology     Volume:  65 ( Pt 1)     ISSN:  0007-1129     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Med Psychol     Publication Date:  1992 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-06-04     Completed Date:  1992-06-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370640     Medline TA:  Br J Med Psychol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-57     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Research Design and Biostatistics, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Aggression / psychology
Concept Formation*
Defense Mechanisms*
Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
Psychoanalytic Theory
Reversal Learning
Rorschach Test / statistics & numerical data

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