PSY120 Practical Report 1 28th October 1999
Writing style notes 1.8 August 1999 © Phil Gee
Effect of Winding-up Duration on Jaw Clenching
Julie R. Teabag
Department of Psychology, University of Plymouth
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The effect of winding-up task duration on rate of jaw clenching was studied in 186 first year psychology undergraduates. Each participant carried out complex computer based tasks for either 10 min, 20 min, or 30 min. Sessions were recorded on video and the number of jaw clenches was determined by independent observers. The rate for the 30 min group was significantly higher than that of the 10 min and 20 min groups (p < .01). This suggests that winding-up duration is a determinant of jaw clenching and implies that people with weak teeth should avoid statistical software. 97 words
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