The Psychological Record

, Volume 69, Issue 1, pp 107–115 | Cite as

The Function Acquisition Speed Test (FAST) as a Measure of Verbal Stimulus Relations in the Context of Condom Use

  • Jamie Cummins
  • Ian TyndallEmail author
  • Amy Curtis
  • Bryan Roche
Original Article


The Function Acquisition Speed Test (FAST) has shown recent evidence as an effective tool for the quantification of stimulus relatedness. The current study assessed the potential of the FAST in measuring the effects of the presentation of positively or negatively valenced messages on relatedness between stimulus relations with regard to safe-sex behavior, namely condom use. Fifty-one participants were assigned to one of three conditions comprised of valenced message interventions regarding the impact of condom use on the enjoyment of sexual behavior (each condition n = 17): a positive-message condition, a negative-message condition, or a no-message control condition. A significant Strength of Relation (SoR) score was found across positive and negative FAST test trials in the positive-message condition only, with no significant differences in SoR scores observed for either the Negative-message or Control conditions. These data suggest that the FAST may have utility as a sensitive behavioral tool for measuring changes in stimulus relations concerning safe-sex behavior on the basis of brief message interventions.


Function acquisition speed test (FAST) Condom use Implicit attitudes Stimulus relations Safe-sex behavior 


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On behalf of all the authors the corresponding author confirms that no author has a conflict of interest to declare.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in this study with human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and national research committees.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Experimental Clinical and Health PsychologyGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ChichesterChichesterUK
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyMaynooth UniversityMaynoothIreland

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