Selective attention in anxiety: distraction and enhancement in visual search.

@article{Rinck2003SelectiveAI,
  title={Selective attention in anxiety: distraction and enhancement in visual search.},
  author={Mike Rinck and Eni S. Becker and Jana Kellermann and Walton T. Roth},
  journal={Depression and anxiety},
  year={2003},
  volume={18 1},
  pages={18-28}
}
According to cognitive models of anxiety, anxiety patients exhibit an attentional bias towards threat, manifested as greater distractibility by threat stimuli and enhanced detection of them. Both phenomena were studied in two experiments, using a modified visual search task, in which participants were asked to find single target words (GAD-related, speech-related, neutral, or positive) hidden in matrices made up of distractor words (also GAD-related, speech-related, neutral, or positive… CONTINUE READING

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