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The effect of social anxiety on top-down attentional orienting to emotional faces

Delchau, Hannah; Christensen, Bruce; Lipp, Ottmar V; Goodhew, Stephanie Catherine


One of the fundamental factors maintaining social anxiety is biased attention toward threatening facial expressions. Typically, this bias has been conceptualized as driven by an overactive bottom-up attentional system; however, this potentially overlooks the role of top-down attention in being able to modulate this bottom-up bias. Here, the role of top-down mechanisms in directing attention toward emotional faces was assessed with a modified dot-probe task, in which participants were given a...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020-06-01
Type: Journal article
Source: Emotion
DOI: 10.1037/emo0000764
Access Rights: Open Access


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