The looming of spiders: the fearful perceptual distortion of movement and menace.

@article{Riskind1995TheLO,
  title={The looming of spiders: the fearful perceptual distortion of movement and menace.},
  author={John H. Riskind and Rosie Moore and L Bowley},
  journal={Behaviour research and therapy},
  year={1995},
  volume={33 2},
  pages={171-8}
}
The current study examined the relation between the perception that fear-stimuli are looming and fearful cognitive distortions. As hypothesized, high-fear-of-spider Ss were significantly more likely than low-fear Ss to imagine that a spider in a room would move rapidly and selectively to them in proximity, rather than towards three other individuals in the same physical space. This finding was observed with a measure of perceptual-cognitive distortion as well as with self-reports. High-fear Ss… CONTINUE READING

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