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Speeded detection and increased distraction in fear of spiders: evidence from eye movements.

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Anxiety patients exhibit attentional biases toward threat, which have often been demonstrated as increased distractibility by threatening stimuli. In contrast, speeded detection of threat has rarely been shown. Therefore, the authors studied both phenomena in 3 versions of a visual search task while eye movements were recorded continuously. Spider-fearful individuals and nonanxious control participants participated in a target search task, an odd-one-out search task, and a category search tas...

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10.1037/0021-843x.114.2.235

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Psychiatry
Ellwart, T More by this author
Becker, ES More by this author
Journal:
Journal of abnormal psychology
Volume:
114
Issue:
2
Pages:
235-248
Publication date:
2005-05-05
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EISSN:
1939-1846
ISSN:
0021-843X
URN:
uuid:43176ce8-b664-402c-83ec-3815e66c7f08
Source identifiers:
248034
Local pid:
pubs:248034

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