Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 17–39 | Cite as

Articulated thoughts during simulated situations: A paradigm for studying cognition in emotion and behavior

  • Gerald C. Davison
  • Clive Robins
  • Marcia K. Johnson
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Abstract

In spite of the widespread belief of cognitive behavior therapists and researchers that irrational thinking underlies much human psychological suffering, there is little if any direct evidence bearing on the assumption that people think in particular ways when confronted with stressful situations. A paradigm is proposed that appears capable of providing information about people's articulated thoughts as they occur in highly structured, experimenter-controlled situations. The results from an initial experiment indicate the utility of the paradigm in collecting data on how people think under both stressful and neutral conditions. The paradigm seems to offer great flexibility in examining thought processes under a wide range of conditions of interest to psychopathologists and cognitive researchers.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald C. Davison
    • 1
  • Clive Robins
    • 2
  • Marcia K. Johnson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.State University of New YorkStony BrookUSA

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