Noticing spiders on the left: Evidence on attentional bias and spider fear in the inattentional blindness paradigm

Brailsford, Richard and Catherwood, Dianne F and Tyson, Philip J and Edgar, Graham K (2014) Noticing spiders on the left: Evidence on attentional bias and spider fear in the inattentional blindness paradigm. Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition, 19 (2). pp. 201-218. ISSN 1357-650X

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Abstract

Attentional biases in anxiety disorders have been assessed primarily using three types of experiment: the emotional Stroop task, the probe-detection task, and variations of the visual search task. It is proposed that the inattentional blindness procedure has the ability to overcome limitations of these paradigms in regard to identifying the components of attentional bias. Three experiments examined attentional responding to spider images in individuals with low and moderate to high spider fear. The results demonstrate that spider fear causes a bias in the engage component of visual attention and this is specific to stimuli presented in the left visual field (i.e., to the right hemisphere). The implications of the results are discussed and recommendations for future research are made.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Laterality on August 2014 available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1357650X.2013.791306#.U4TRRHJdXTo
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anxiety, Attention, Inattentional blindness, Phobia, Spider
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Psychological Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Sport, Exercise, Health & Wellbeing
Depositing User: Graham Edgar
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 14:59
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2017 05:49
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2890

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