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  • Taboo words’ impact mediated by context, listeners’ likelihood of being offended

    University of Illinois educational psychology professor Kiel Christianson found in a recent study that readers’ likelihood of being offended by taboo words and the context in which the words were used accounted for some – but not all – of these words’ impact on readers’ attention and memory.

    University of Illinois educational psychology professor Kiel Christianson found in a recent study that readers’ likelihood of being offended by taboo words and the context in which the words were used accounted for some – but not all – of these words’ impact on readers’ attention and memory.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Kiel Christianson, call 217-300-0105; email kiel@illinois.edu

    The paper “Effects of context and individual differences on the processing of taboo words” is available online or from the News Bureau.