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Social anxiety and attentional biases: A top-down contribution?

Boal, Hannah L; Christensen, B K; Goodhew, Stephanie Catherine


Selective attention toward threatening facial expressions has been found to precipitate and maintain symptoms of social anxiety. However, the automaticity of this bias is under debate. In the present study, we aimed to test whether top-down (controlled) engagement and disengagement of attention toward threatening faces is associated with social anxiety. This was examined by testing the impact of a secondary working memory (WM) load on attentional biases. In a variation of the dot-probe task,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-01
Type: Journal article
Source: Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics
DOI: 10.3758/s13414-017-1415-5
Access Rights: Open Access


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