Unsolvable Anagrams Task

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Unsolvable Anagrams Task

An anagram task in which difficulty of the items is manipulated as described in Feature & Simon (1971).
Duration: 15 minutes
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Feather, NT & Simon, JG (1971). Attribution of responsibility and valence of outcome in relation to initial confidence and success and failure of self and other. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 18, 173-188.

Calef, Richard, Choban, Michael, Calef, Ruth, Brand, Roberta, Rogers, Malcolm, & Geller, E. (1992). Effects of unsolvable anagrams on retention. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 30(2), 164-166.

Casanova, G., Domanic, J., Mccanne, T., & Milner, J. (1992). Physiological responses to non-child-related stressors in mothers at risk for child abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect, 16(1), 31-44.

Schneider, F., Gur, R., Alavi, A., & Seligman, M. (1996). Cerebral blood flow changes in limbic regions induced by unsolvable anagram tasks. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 153(2), 206-12.

Watterson, K., Giesler, R., & Piedmont, Ralph L. (2012). Religiosity and Self-Control: When the Going Gets Tough, the Religious Get Self-Regulating. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 4(3), 193-205.

Pawliczek, C., Derntl, B., Kellermann, T., Gur, R., Schneider, F., & Habel, U. (2013). Anger under Control: Neural Correlates of Frustration as a Function of Trait Aggression. PLoS One, 8(10), PLoS One, Oct 2013, Vol.8(10).