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dc.contributor.authorChen, N.
dc.contributor.authorClarke, Patrick
dc.contributor.authorMacLeod, C.
dc.contributor.authorGuastella, A.
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-30T13:14:18Z
dc.date.available2017-01-30T13:14:18Z
dc.date.created2016-04-26T19:30:25Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.date.submitted2016-04-27
dc.identifier.citationChen, N. and Clarke, P. and MacLeod, C. and Guastella, A. 2012. Biased attentional processing of positive stimuli in Social Anxiety Disorder: An eye movement study. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. 41 (2): pp. 96-107.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11937/29647
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/16506073.2012.666562
dc.description.abstract

Despite the established relationship between social anxiety and attentional bias towards threat, a growing base of evidence suggests that social anxiety is additionally maintained by a deficit in the attentional processing of positive information. However, it remains unclear which component of attention is implicated in this deficit. Using eye movement-based measures and a novel attentional cuing methodology, the present study sought to investigate the presence of anxiety-linked bias in attentional engagement with, attentional disengagement from, and total fixation time to, socially relevant emotional stimuli in individuals diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, relative to non-socially anxious controls. Socially anxious individuals were found to exhibit faster attentional disengagement from positive stimuli, and reduced total fixation time to all emotional stimuli, relative to controls. Additionally for socially anxious individuals, lower total fixation times to positive stimuli were associated with higher levels of state anxiety. No differential pattern of engagement was evident between groups. We conclude that social anxiety is maintained in part by the aberrant processing of positive social stimuli.

dc.publisherRoutledge
dc.titleBiased attentional processing of positive stimuli in Social Anxiety Disorder: An eye movement study.
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.dateSubmitted2016-04-27
dcterms.source.volume41
dcterms.source.startPage96
dcterms.source.endPage107
dcterms.source.issn1651-2316
dcterms.source.titleCognitive Behaviour Therapy
curtin.digitool.pid239779
curtin.departmentSchool of Psychology and Speech Pathology
curtin.identifier.elementsidELEMENTS-125908
curtin.accessStatusFulltext not available


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