Attentional control theory: anxiety, emotion, and motor planning.

@article{Coombes2009AttentionalCT,
  title={Attentional control theory: anxiety, emotion, and motor planning.},
  author={Stephen A. Coombes and Torrie Higgins and Kelly M Gamble and James H. Cauraugh and Christopher M. Janelle},
  journal={Journal of anxiety disorders},
  year={2009},
  volume={23 8},
  pages={1072-9}
}
The present study investigated how trait anxiety alters the balance between attentional control systems to impact performance of a discrete preplanned goal-directed motor task. Participants executed targeted force contractions (engaging the goal-directed attentional system) at the offset of emotional and non-emotional distractors (engaging the stimulus-driven attentional system). High and low anxious participants completed the protocol at two target force levels (10% and 35% of maximum… CONTINUE READING
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