What accounts for the rapid detection of threat? Evidence for an advantage in perceptual and behavioral responding from eye movements.

@article{Lobue2014WhatAF,
  title={What accounts for the rapid detection of threat? Evidence for an advantage in perceptual and behavioral responding from eye movements.},
  author={Vanessa Lobue and Kaleigh Matthews and Teresa Harvey and Siewli Lee Stark},
  journal={Emotion},
  year={2014},
  volume={14 4},
  pages={816-23}
}
Countless studies have reported that adults detect a variety of threatening stimuli more quickly than positive or neutral stimuli. Despite speculation about what factors drive this bias in detection, very few studies have examined the exact search strategies adults use to detect threatening stimuli in visual search. The current research uses an eye-tracker in a classic visual search paradigm in attempt to elucidate the factors that lead to rapid threat detection. Our results replicate previous… CONTINUE READING
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