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The influence of anxiety on the initial selection of emotional faces presented in binocular rivalry

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Neurocognitive theories of anxiety predict that threat-related information can be evaluated before attentional selection, and can influence behaviour differentially in high anxious compared to low anxious individuals. We investigate this further by presenting emotional and neutral faces in an adapted binocular rivalry paradigm. We show that the initial selection of emotional faces presented in binocular rivalry is highly influenced by self-reported state and trait anxiety-level. Heightened anxiety was correlated with increased perception of angry and fearful faces, and decreased perception of happy expressions. These results are consistent with recent evidence of involuntary selection of threat in anxiety.

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Gray, Katie L.H., Adams, Wendy J. and Garner, Matthew (2009) The influence of anxiety on the initial selection of emotional faces presented in binocular rivalry Cognition, 113, (1), pp. 105-110. (doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2009.06.009). (PMID:19656504).

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e-pub ahead of print date: 4 August 2009
Published date: October 2009
Keywords: anxiety, emotion, face processing, binocular rivalry
Organisations: Psychology

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Local EPrints ID: 66746
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66746
ISSN: 0010-0277
PURE UUID: 976c1ec8-69bf-4db0-94a8-4c0cbb6de3f4
ORCID for Wendy J. Adams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5832-1056

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Date deposited: 15 Jul 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:22

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Author: Katie L.H. Gray
Author: Wendy J. Adams ORCID iD
Author: Matthew Garner

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