On the costs and benefits of directing attention towards or away from threat-related stimuli: a classical conditioning experiment.

@article{Bockstaele2010OnTC,
  title={On the costs and benefits of directing attention towards or away from threat-related stimuli: a classical conditioning experiment.},
  author={Bram Van Bockstaele and Bruno J Verschuere and Jan De Houwer and Geert Crombez},
  journal={Behaviour research and therapy},
  year={2010},
  volume={48 7},
  pages={692-7}
}
In attentional bias modification programs, individuals are trained to attend away from threat in order to reduce emotional reactivity to stressful situations. However, attending towards threat is considered to be a prerequisite for fear reduction in other models of anxiety. We compared both views by manipulating attention towards or away from an acquired signal of threat. The strength of extinction and reacquisition was assessed with threat and US-expectancy ratings. We found more extinction in… CONTINUE READING