Individual differences in habituation: Some methodological and conceptual issues

Asher Koriat, James R. Averill, Edward J. Malmstrom

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The personality correlates of habituation were investigated. A moderate intensity tone was presented 20 times on each of three sessions, and skin conductance and heart rate were recorded. There were no relationships between individual differences in rate of habituation and any of the personality dimensions assessed (which included, among others, manifest anxiety and introversion-extraversion). Some possible reasons are discussed for this lack of results, as well as for conflicting findings which fill the literature. Specifically, various methods of measuring habituation are examined and their interrelationships described. None of the measures derived showed adequate consistency either across sessions or over response modalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-101
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1973
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
l The collection of data on which this report is based was made possible grants to R. S. Lazarus, University of California, Berkeley, from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (Grant No. RH-4) and the National Institute of Mental Health (Grant No. MH-2136). The data were collected while the third author (E. J. M.) was on a postdoctoral fellowship, No. l-F2-MH-24, 818-0182, from the National Institute of Mental Health.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • General Psychology


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