False physiological feedback and the maintenance of speech anxiety

Thomas D. Borkovec, Robert L. Wall, Norman M. Stone

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Assessed the effects of physiological feedback during actual exposure to a feared situation and during a subsequent exposure. 60 speech-anxious Ss were exposed during the 2nd of 3 consecutive speeches to 1 of 5 false feedback conditions: heart rate decreasing, no change in heart rate, heart rate increasing, and 2 control procedures. No anxiety differences were found among the groups on the 2nd (feedback) speech. The heart-rate-increase group displayed significantly higher self-reported anxiety, overt anxiety signs, and speech disfluencies during the 3rd (posttest) speech than the heart-rate-decrease and no-change groups. Initial exposure to the speech situation produced striking heart-rate reaction in the total group, and repeated exposures continued to elicit strong, though gradually habituating, reactions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-168
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of abnormal psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1974

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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