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


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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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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2009.06.009
ISSNs: 0010-0277 (print)
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Keywords: anxiety, emotion, face processing, binocular rivalry
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
ePrint ID: 66746
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4 August 2009e-pub ahead of print
October 2009Published
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2009
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 21:30
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/66746

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