Anxiety and cognitive performance: attentional control theory.

  title={Anxiety and cognitive performance: attentional control theory.},
  author={Michael W. Eysenck and Nazanin Derakshan and Rita Santos and Manuel G. Calvo},
  volume={7 2},
Attentional control theory is an approach to anxiety and cognition representing a major development of Eysenck and Calvo's (1992) processing efficiency theory. It is assumed that anxiety impairs efficient functioning of the goal-directed attentional system and increases the extent to which processing is influenced by the stimulus-driven attentional system. In addition to decreasing attentional control, anxiety increases attention to threat-related stimuli. Adverse effects of anxiety on… CONTINUE READING
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