Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Committee Member

Russell T. Hurlburt

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The inner experience of four learning disabled individuals and three undiagnosed individuals, ages 24 to 40 years, was investigated using the method of descriptive inner experience sampling (Hurlburt, 1990). This method requires that the subject "freeze" moments of inner experience when signaled by a randomly programmed beeping device, and write down the thoughts, feelings, images and/or other inner experiences occurring at that precise moment. Within 24 hours, the subject met with the experimenter and discussed in detail each sampled moment. The experimenter then prepared descriptions of each sampled moment, which were examined for salient characteristics which emerged from these descriptions. It was found that learning disabled individuals experience considerably less Inner Speech than most normal individuals, supporting the findings of other research that did not employ the thought sampling method. The learning disabled subjects also experienced Images, Feelings, and Unsymbolized Thinking more frequently than normal subjects. Three undiagnosed subjects were also examined in this manner. These subjects do not form a control group but are presented to add to the pool of subjects that have been sampled using this method.


Disabled; Experience; Inner; Learning; Population; Sampling

Controlled Subject

Psychology, Experimental

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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