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No reliable effects of emotional facial expression, adult attachment, or anxiety on the allocation of visual attention in the spatial cueing paradigm.

Cooper, Robbie M, Rowe, Angela C, Penton-Voak, Ian S and Ludwig, Casimir (2009) No reliable effects of emotional facial expression, adult attachment, or anxiety on the allocation of visual attention in the spatial cueing paradigm. Journal of Research on Personality, 43. pp. 643-652.

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Abstract/Description

The primary goal of the current study was to examine the allocation of attention to emotional facial stimuli
as a function of adult attachment orientation. Using a modified version of the spatial cueing paradigm
we examined these effects in three experiments. In each experiment predictable cue validity effects were
observed and these effects were always modulated by the expression of the facial cue. Furthermore, the
magnitude of these cue validity effects was also influenced by individual differences in both adult attachment
orientation and anxiety. The direction of these effects, however, was not consistent across experiments
and did not replicate previous findings. We conclude that this paradigm may not usefully elucidate
the processes underlying the allocation of attention to emotional stimuli

Item Type: Article
Electronic ISSN: 0092-6566
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attention; Emotion; Anxiety; Attachment orientation; Spatial cueing;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology > 152 Perception, movement, emotions & drives
Library of Congress Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Item ID: 4888
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2012 14:59
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 11:33
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/4888

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