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September 1947

INFLUENCE OF ANXIETY ON ATTENTION, LEARNING, RETENTION AND THINKING

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the New York Hospital and the Department of Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical College.

Arch NeurPsych. 1947;58(3):325-336. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1947.02300320076004
Abstract

IN THE investigation of the influence of emotions on psychologic functions by one of us (O. D.), it became apparent that the technical characteristics of many of the tests used more or less commonly by psychiatrists were not known. Consequently, a preliminary study was made to determine the reliability and other characteristics of several of these tests. These results are reported in the first part of this paper, whereas in the second part the results of the influence of anxiety on some of the tests are given. In the third part, the application of these results to the customary psychiatric examination is reviewed.

TECHNICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF SOME CLINICALLY USED TESTS  In order to be able to investigate the psychopathologic influences of anxiety on intellectual functions, tests were chosen for the study of attention, learning, retention, memory and thinking. Tests were selected which have been used in psychopathologic research work and

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