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    Exposure to progressive muscle Relaxation leads to enhanced performance on derived relational responding tasks

    Tyndall, Ian T. and Howe, Barbara E. and Roche, Bryan (2016) Exposure to progressive muscle Relaxation leads to enhanced performance on derived relational responding tasks. The Psychological record, 66 (3). pp. 213-222. ISSN 0033-2933

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    Previous research has demonstrated that sleep significantly enhances the emergence of two- but not one-node derived relations following a 12-hour period. The present study investigated whether a brief 11-minute Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) intervention would effect a similar enhancement in derived relational responding performance. Thirty-five participants were exposed to matching-to-sample training to establish stable baseline relations, from which two-node derived equivalence relations were predicted. Participants were then randomly assigned to either a PMR group or one of two control groups; Simple or Complex Discrimination task, followed by an equivalence test. In contrast to the sleep study, but in line with experimental predictions, exposure to PMR resulted in significantly more accurate responses for both one- and two-node derived relations. The immediate and significant effects on derived relational responding performance offer support for the role of brief relaxation or non-directed attention in improving cognitive performance.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the author's copy of the article published at: Tyndall, I.T., Howe, B.E. & Roche, B.T. Psychol Rec (2016) 66: 213.
    Keywords: Derived relational responding; relaxation; meditation; cognition; stimulus equivalence;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10630
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    Depositing User: Dr. Bryan Roche
    Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2019 15:54
    Journal or Publication Title: The Psychological record
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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