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dc.contributor.authorPurdon, Christine 19:15:53 (GMT) 19:15:53 (GMT)
dc.descriptionThis is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Psychology following peer review. The version of record Purdon, C. (2020, January 30). Thought Suppression. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology. is available online at:
dc.description.abstractThe idea that suppressing an unwanted thought results in an ironic increase in its frequency is accepted as psychological fact. Wegner’s ironic processes model has been applied to understanding the development and persistence of mood, anxiety, and other difficulties. However, results are highly inconsistent and heavily influenced by experimental artifact. There are a substantial number of methodological considerations and issues that may underlie the inconsistent findings in the literature. These include the internal and external validity of the paradigms used to study thought suppression, conceptual issues such as what constitutes a thought, and consideration of participants’ history with and motivation to suppress the target thought. Paradigms that study the products of failed suppression, such as facilitated recall and attentional deployment to thought relevant stimuli may have greater validity. It is argued that a shift from conceptualizing the persistence of unwanted thoughts as products of failed suppression and instead as internal threat stimuli may have merit.en
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen
dc.subjectthought suppressionen
dc.subjectironic processesen
dc.subjectintrusive thoughtsen
dc.subjectrebound effecten
dc.subjectthought rebounden
dc.titleThought Suppressionen
dc.typeBook Chapteren
dcterms.bibliographicCitationPurdon, C. (2020, January 30). Thought Suppression. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology.
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Artsen

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