Test Anxiety, Electromyographic Response to Stress and Reflective Gaze Preference.
Interim rept. Oct 77-Oct 79,
FRANK J SEILER RESEARCH LAB UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY CO
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One assumption underlying desensitization approaches to treating test anxiety is that test-anxious persons are, in fact, muscularly tense during stressful evaluative experiences. The present study investigated frontalis muscle tension of high and low test-anxious Ss during a stressful mental task. The two groups had similar fontralis tension levels, a finding which does not support the view that text anxiety is caused by physiological overarousal. In addition, data from another part of the experiment suggested that test-anxious individuals have a characteristic reflective gaze preferences which may be linked to dominance of the right cerebral hemisphere. Author
- Stress Physiology