Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology



First Advisor

Reimer, Jason F.

Second Advisor

Kottke, Janet L.

Third Advisor

Lewin, Michael R.


The present study aims to establish a direct link between insufficiences in context processing and cognitive deficits related to anxiety symptoms and thus enhance the overall understanding of the underlying mechanisms of the observed discrepancies in cognitive performance. The goal of the present investigation was to apply Braver's model of cognitive control to groups selected on their differences in trait anxiety and explore their relationship. The main goal is to demonstrate that Braver and colleagues context processing theory of cognitive control provides a parsimonious explanation of processing deficits found in those showing anxiety symptoms. A total of 458 Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) undergraduates participated in the pre-screening phase of this experiment and completed the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Form Y (STAI-Y-2). From the 458 pre-screened students, 212 met the STAI-Y-2 criteria and were selected to be either the low or the high anxiety group. The remaining 246 participants were not selected to continue because they did not meet the test criteria.