Automatic processing in spider phobia: implicit fear associations over the course of treatment.

@article{Teachman2003AutomaticPI,
  title={Automatic processing in spider phobia: implicit fear associations over the course of treatment.},
  author={Bethany A. Teachman and Sheila R. Woody},
  journal={Journal of abnormal psychology},
  year={2003},
  volume={112 1},
  pages={100-9}
}
This study evaluates the cognitive model of anxiety by investigating treatment-related changes in automatic associations to evaluate schematic processing. Spider-phobic participants (n = 31) and healthy controls (n = 30) completed fear-based Implicit Association Tests (IATs), which are reaction-time measures that tap implicit associations without requiring conscious introspection. The specific tasks involved classifying pictures of snakes and spiders along with semantic categorizations (good vs… CONTINUE READING