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Do threatening stimuli draw or hold visual attention in subclinical anxiety?

Abstract:

Biases in information processing undoubtedly play an important role in the maintenance of emotion and emotional disorders. In an attentional cueing paradigm, threat words and angry faces had no advantage over positive or neutral words (or faces) in attracting attention to their own location, even for people who were highly state-anxious. In contrast, the presence of threatening cues (words and faces) had a strong impact on the disengagement of attention. When a threat cue was presented and a ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford
Journal:
Journal of experimental psychology. General
Volume:
130
Issue:
4
Pages:
681-700
Publication date:
2001-12-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1939-2222
ISSN:
0096-3445
URN:
uuid:afc86e9c-3bcb-4b3e-a25b-71f57d848a11
Source identifiers:
421435
Local pid:
pubs:421435

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