The results showed that the combined ratmgs from the three judges were significantly and positively associated with the time it took for a stimulus to be consciously perceived. Moreover, the objectively-scored Hysteroid-Obsessoid Questionnaire confirmed the result. In other words, the more repressive style people have, the longer it takes them to consciously perceive a stimulus. Neither age nor IQ was related to the length of time it takes for the stimulus to be perceived. As the authors acknowledge, this finding is but a first step in demonstrating how repression might operate to keep tilings out of conscious awareness, but it is the first study to report the neurophysiological underpinnings of repression.