Modern Psychological Studies
1 & 2
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This correlational study investigated the role of substance use and experience in selective attention using a modified Stroop color-naming task. Thirty-three individuals completed Adult Substance Use Surveys and a computergenerated Stroop task modified by substituting drug words for color names. The prediction was that level of life disruption would interrupt task performance such that those scoring higher on disruption would display slower reaction times. Results revealed life disruption to be significantly correlated with reaction time. Those scoring highest on the disruption measure exhibited slower Stroop reaction times than those with lower disruption scores. These results suggest that treatment interventions targeting automatic mental processes in thought modification might be a helpful approach in substance related therapies.
BF1 .M63 v. 10 no. 1 & 2 2004
Davis, Jacquelyn M.
"Life experience in selective attention,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 10:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol10/iss1/6