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OR29-31-6

Attentional bias towards physiological and social threat in college students with trait anxiety

[Speaker] Zhu, Lei:1
[Co-author] Chen, Qin:1, Wang, Zhenhong:1
1:Shaanxi Normal University, School of Psychology (China (People's Republic of China))

We examined attentional bias towards physiological and social threat in college students with high-trait-anxiety (HTA) and low-trait-anxiety (LTA). We used spatial cueing paradigm. In experiment 1, different intensions of physiological threat were used as cues. In experiment 2, threatening facial expression was used as cues. In experiment 1, when cues were presented 10ms, HTA and LTA groups showed attentional avoidance to highly-treatening-pictures, while only HTA group showed attentional avoidance to moderate-threatening-pictures. When cues were presented 100ms, both groups did not show attentional bias. When cues were presented 500ms, both groups showed attentional avoidance in disengaging from highly-threatening-pictures. In experiment 2, when facial cues presented 10ms, only HTA group showed attention to angry facial. When cues presented 100ms and 500ms, HTA group showed attentional avoidance to angry facial. HTA group may have a highly sensitive system to threat detection. Both groups showed different attentional bias to physiological and social threat.
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