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Anxiety-related biases in visual orienting and spatial motor response selection independently assessed by a probe-classification task

Schrooten, Martien G.S., Smulders, Fren T.Y., Mogg, Karin and Bradley, Brendan P. (2012) Anxiety-related biases in visual orienting and spatial motor response selection independently assessed by a probe-classification task Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 3, (3), pp. 393-408. (doi:10.5127/jep.026211).

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This dot-probe study assessed anxiety-related biases in visual attentional orienting and spatial motor response selection (motor attention) in high- and low-trait-anxious adults, and whether anxiety-related biases depend on response speed. Emotional-neutral word pairs appeared for 14 or 500 ms, with one word of each pair replaced by a probe. Visual attention bias to emotional words was reflected by faster responses to probes replacing emotional words (spatial correspondence between probe and word positions). Response selection bias was reflected by faster responses when emotional word position (top/bottom screen) spatially corresponded to response position (upper/lower response key). Results revealed anxiety-related bias in visual attention for physical-threat words. In distributional analyses, this bias was associated with slower responses in the 14-ms condition (first task half). Results also revealed anxiety-related effects of spatial correspondence between emotional word and response, which are discussed in terms of increased bias in motor attention towards emotional stimuli in anxiety.

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Published date: 2012
Keywords: visual orienting of attention, response selection, motor attention, stimulus-response compatibility, anxiety
Organisations: Clinical Neuroscience


Local EPrints ID: 204085
ISSN: 2043-8087
PURE UUID: 985d1c9d-7b1a-46ef-b18f-4a7fc1809fa1

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Date deposited: 23 Nov 2011 15:43
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:07

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Author: Martien G.S. Schrooten
Author: Fren T.Y. Smulders
Author: Karin Mogg

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