To look or not to look at threat? Scanpath differences within a group of spider phobics.

@article{Pflugshaupt2007ToLO,
  title={To look or not to look at threat? Scanpath differences within a group of spider phobics.},
  author={Tobias Pflugshaupt and Urs Peter Mosimann and Wolfgang J Schmitt and Roman von Wartburg and Pascal Wurtz and Mathias Luethi and Thomas Nyffeler and Christian Walter Hess and Ren{\'e} Martin M{\"u}ri},
  journal={Journal of anxiety disorders},
  year={2007},
  volume={21 3},
  pages={353-66}
}
Predicting the behavior of phobic patients in a confrontational situation is challenging. While avoidance as a major clinical component of phobias suggests that patients orient away from threat, findings based on cognitive paradigms indicate an attentional bias towards threat. Here we present eye movement data from 21 spider phobics and 21 control subjects, based on 3 basic oculomotor tasks and a visual exploration task that included close-up views of spiders. Relative to the control group… CONTINUE READING

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