A validity study of the Psychological Stress Evaluator

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Assessed the Psychological Stress Evaluator (PSE) for its ability to display and detect arousal in the spoken word. 43 university students were asked to read aloud 10 words composed of random proportions of taboo and neutral words, PSE recordings of these words were then given to 2 trained and 10 untrained analysts for identification of stress patterns. Results indicate that, although the Ss rated the taboo words significantly more arousing than the neutral, the accuracy of identification of such words was no greater than chance for all analysts, regardless of training. It is concluded that the PSE may not be as effective as its manufacturers claim. Additional research appears warranted. (French summary) (9 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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