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PS25P-14-388

The effect of social anxiety on the attentional disengagement from socially threatening stimuli

[Speaker] Suzuki, Takashi:1
[Co-author] Kinosada, Yasunori:1, Shinohara, Kazumitsu:1
1:University of Osaka (Japan)

The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the attentional bias and social anxiety. We examined the effect of social anxiety on the attentional disengagement from socially threatening stimuli (Experiment 1), and the strategy of attentional distribution which social anxious people used (Experiment 2). In both experiments, the visual detection task with a face as socially threatening stimuli was adopted. The results showed that it took more time for social anxious people to disengage the attention from the angry face, but no significant difference was found in the attentional distribution strategy between social anxious people and non-anxious people. These results indicate that social anxiety affects the attentional disengagement rather than the attentional allocation.
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