Theory of Repression - Evaluation

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  • Evaluation Of Repression
    • Hadley and MacKay (2007)
      • participants recalled more taboo words than non-taboo words
        • Challanges because theory would say the words that create anxiety would be forgotten
    • Kohler et al (2002)
      • words creating anxiety and greater GSR were the worst remembered
        • Supports as words that create anxiety would be forgotten
    • Walker et al (1997)
      • good recall of pleasent events, bad recall of unpleasent events
        • Supports because events that create negative emotions would be forgotten
    • Berten (2002)
      • Recalled details of shocking events better than details of average events
        • challanges as events that create negative emotions would be forgotten
    • Doesnt explain...
      • why we forget unimportant events/details.
    • low ecological validity
      • lab experiments
        • cant create the same state that caused trauma
          • ethically wrong
    • Application
      • post traumatic stress disorder
    • Cannot be scientifically proven
      • abstract concept
        • takes place in the uncoinsious mind

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