Re-individualizing the repression hypothesis

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An experiment designed to test the Freudian concept of repression yielded the following conclusions: (1) when strong negative affect is attached to learning material, recall of this material, in comparison to neutral material, is significantly less for some persons and significantly more for others; (2) material to which negative affect is attached is readily recognized; and (3) relearning of negatively affective material requires fewer trials than the relearning of neutral material for some persons, and more trials for others. Recall, relearning, and recognition of the originally learned material were the methods of retention utilized. 16 references. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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