University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Emotions play a role in our daily lives. As humans, we use emotions to encode, memorize, and later recall information. Emotions tend to make recall easier, since emotions can be easily associated with daily tasks and information. One task that incorporates encoding and emotion words is the emotional Stroop task. The purpose of the current study was to examine emotional Stroop task performance and state anxiety to study incidental learning effects. For the current study, 233 undergraduate students were sampled via an online survey platform. While emotional Stroop performance reached ceiling among participants, free recall and state anxiety were analyzed further. Results showed participants recalled negative words significantly more than positive words or neutral words. Meanwhile, differences in state anxiety showed small effects on recall across these word types. Together, these findings contribute to both the cognition and emotion literatures.
Jones, Sarah N. and Kazanas, Stephanie A.
"State Anxiety on Emotional Stroop Performance and Incidental Recall,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 28:
1, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol28/iss1/13