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Reference: Yiend, J, Mathews, A, Burns, T et al., (2015). Mechanisms of Selective Attention in Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Clinical Psychological Science.Citable link to this page:


Mechanisms of Selective Attention in Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Abstract: .A well-established literature has identified different selective attentional orienting mechanisms underlying anxiety-related attentional bias, such as engagement and disengagement of attention. These mechanisms are thought to contribute to the onset and maintenance of anxiety disorders. However, conclusions to date have relied heavily on experimental work from subclinical samples. We therefore investigated individuals with diagnosed generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), healthy volunteers, and individuals with high trait anxiety (but not meeting GAD diagnostic criteria). Across two experiments we found faster disengagement from negative (angry and fearful) faces in GAD groups, an effect opposite to that expected on the basis of the subclinical literature. Together these data challenge current assumptions that we can generalize, to those with GAD, the pattern of selective attentional orienting to threat found in subclinical groups. We suggest a decisive two-stage experiment identifying stimuli of primary salience in GAD, then using these to reexamine orienting mechanisms across groups.

Publication status:PublishedAdmin:journal-articleDate of acceptance:26 June 2014 Funder: 324176/European Research Council   Funder: 076701/Wellcome Trust  

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Publisher: Sage

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Journal: Clinical Psychological Sciencesee more from them

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Volume: 3

Extent: 758-771

Issue Date: 01 September 2015Identifiers


Issn: 2167-7034

Issn: 2167-7026

Uuid: 0a63a396-94dd-456c-ba83-f37df1eea6a1

Urn: uri:0a63a396-94dd-456c-ba83-f37df1eea6a1

Pubs-id: 490764 Item Description

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Language: ENG Keywords: anxiety attention cognition and emotion emotional processing biases selective attention Journal Article


Autor: Yiend, J - - - Mathews, A - - - Burns, T - - - Dutton, K - - - Fernández-Martín, A - - - Georgiou, GA - - - Luckie, M - - - Ros



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