Personality and Arousal

Personality and Arousal

A Psychophysiological Study of Psychiatric Disorder

1st Edition - January 1, 1967

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  • Author: Gordon S. Claridge
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483221380

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Experimental Psychology, Volume 4: Personality and Arousal: A Psychophysiological Study of Psychiatric Disorder describes a series of overlapping studies carried out over a number of years and using a very wide variety of experimental techniques in both neurotic and psychotic patients. This book is composed of nine chapters. The first five chapters are concerned with neurosis, especially with the detailed examination of Eysenck's theory of dysthymia-hysteria. The succeeding two chapters explore some exploratory studies of psychosis looked at from a similar psychophysiological viewpoint. The remaining chapters propose a theory of psychiatric disorder and some of the implications of this theory for the study of problems in the field of personality that are not directly tackled n previous chapters. This book will prove useful to psychologists, psychiatrists, and research workers who are interested in the field of personality.

Table of Contents


  • Preface

    Introduction

    Chapter 1. The Theoretical Background

    Eysenck's Theory of Personality

    The Arousal Interpretation of Eysenck's Theory: a Working Hypothesis

    Chapter 2. Arousability and the Sedation Threshold

    Introduction

    Sedation Threshold in Neurotic and Normal Subjects

    Discussion and Conclusions

    Summary

    Chapter 3. Autonomic and EEG Correlates of Arousal

    Some Theoretical Considerations

    Description of the Data

    Physiological Correlates of Sedation Threshold

    Intercorrelation of Autonomic Measures

    Correlation of Autonomic and EEG Measures

    Conclusions

    Summary

    Chapter 4. Dysthymia-Hysteria and Psychological Performance

    Arousal, Drive, and Excitation-Inhibition

    Plan of Investigation

    Experimental Findings

    Discussion and Conclusions

    Summary

    Chapter 5. Causal and Descriptive Analysis of Dysthymia-Hysteria

    Introduction

    Introversion-Extraversion and Dysthymia-Hysteria

    The Causal Interaction of Extra version and Neuroticism

    Discussion and Conclusions

    Summary

    Chapter 6. Studies in Psychosis. I. Inter-Group Comparisons

    Introduction

    Description of Subjects

    Experimental Findings

    Conclusions

    Summary

    Chapter 7. Studies in Psychosis. II. Intra-Group Analysis

    Introduction

    Sedation Threshold and Spiral after-Effect in Psychosis

    Autonomic Correlates

    Clinical Correlates

    Performance Correlates

    Discussion

    Summary

    Chapter 8. Theoretical Integration. I. A Theory of Neurosis and Psychosis

    Introduction

    Neurophysiological Evidence

    A Causal and Descriptive Model of Psychiatric Disorder

    Summary

    Chapter 9. Theoretical Integration. II. Implications of the Theory for Further Research

    Introduction

    The Normal Personality

    Psychiatric Disorder

    Physical Methods of Treatment

    Concluding Remarks

    Appendix. The Sedation Threshold: Pharmacological Considerations

    Some General Factors Influencing Barbiturate Anaesthesia

    Selection of an Index of Central Sensitivity

    Peripheral Mechanisms

    Measurement of the Sedation Threshold

    Interpretation

    Bibliography

    Author Index

    Subject Index


Product details

  • No. of pages: 292
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1967
  • Published: January 1, 1967
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483221380

About the Author

Gordon S. Claridge

About the Editor

H. J. Eysenck

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