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    • AIM: to see if perceived or actual control can reduce stress reactions
    • METHOD: lab experiment. participants shown photos of dead car crash victims, stress levels measured by GSR+EGC
    • SAMPLE: 60 under- graduates, psychology course/ new york university
    • DESIGN: independent measures, participants assigned to 3 conditions
      • GROUP 1: given control over how long they had to look at the image, could press button to terminate image- tone precede each new image
      • GROUP 2: warned photos 60s apart, see photo for 30s, 10s warning tone precede new image. no control/knew what was happening
      • GROUP 3: told from time to time would see photos/hear tones. no control or timings
    • PROCEDUR: each p seated in soundproof room- wired up to ECG and GSR machine, bassline taken. instructions read over intercom-photo precede with 10s tone, flashed for 35s, GSR taken on onset of tone + 2nd half of tone + response of photo.
    • RESULTS: ECG and recordings were disguarded-inaccurate. G2 showed most stress. G1 showed least stress.
    • CONC: having control reduces stress
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