Emotional attention set-shifting and its relationship to anxiety and emotion regulation.

@article{Johnson2009EmotionalAS,
  title={Emotional attention set-shifting and its relationship to anxiety and emotion regulation.},
  author={Dan R Johnson},
  journal={Emotion},
  year={2009},
  volume={9 5},
  pages={681-90}
}
Attentional deployment is a primary strategy individuals use to regulate emotion. In 2 experiments, a measure of an individual's ability to deploy attention toward and away from emotional mental representations was developed. This measure of attentional control capacity for emotion adapted an explicit-cuing task switching paradigm in which participants had to shift between emotional and neutral mental sets. Experiment 1 (N = 118) showed that those higher in trait anxiety and worrisome thoughts… CONTINUE READING