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Master of Arts




The purpose of this study was to assess the difference in stress reduction between listening to one's own voice and listening to another's voice during taped relaxation procedures. Eighteen male undergraduates listened to relaxation tapes of their own voice, that of another person, and a control tape. Stress was measured via skin temperature. It was hypothesized that there would be a significant stress reduction (indicated by increased skin temperature) for both experimental groups and greater reduction in stress when listening to one's own voice than when listening to another voice. A Latin-Square Repeated analysis revealed only a significant order effect and the results did not support the hypotheses. Methodological problems which may have led to these results are examined and clinical benefits of the hypothesized results are briefly discussed.

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