Approach and avoidance in fear of spiders.

@article{Rinck2007ApproachAA,
  title={Approach and avoidance in fear of spiders.},
  author={Mike Rinck and Eni S. Becker},
  journal={Journal of behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry},
  year={2007},
  volume={38 2},
  pages={
          105-20
        }
}
We examined attitudes towards spiders by employing an Approach-Avoidance Task, in which participants respond to pictures by pulling a joystick towards themselves or by pushing it away from themselves. For spider fearfuls, this stimulus-response assignment is either compatible (push spiders away) or incompatible (pull spiders closer). Specific compatibility effects were found: compared to non-anxious controls and control pictures, highly spider fearful participants responded to spider pictures… CONTINUE READING

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