Electroencephalographic Activation: Nonspecific Habituation by Verbal Stimuli

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Science  20 May 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3725, pp. 1104-1106
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3725.1104


A decrease in the duration of the electroencephalographic activation response to a series of different words: emotional, "neutral," and scrambled occurred. The response to "neutral" words was consistently briefer than that to the other words. This result is evidence of a nonspecific habituation of activation, which implies that habituation to classes of stimuli can occur.