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Title: Attentional bias towards angry faces is moderated by the activation of a social processing mode in the general population
Author(s): Wirth, Benedikt Emanuel
Wentura, Dirk
Language: English
Title: Cognition & Emotion
Volume: 33
Issue: 7
Startpage: 1317
Endpage: 1329
Publisher/Platform: Taylor & Francis
Year of Publication: 2019
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: Dot-probe studies usually find an attentional bias towards threatening stimuli only in anxious participants, but not in non-anxious participants. In the present study, we conducted two experiments to investigate whether attentional bias towards angry faces in unselected samples is moderated by the extent to which the current task requires social processing. In Experiment 1, participants performed a dot-probe task involving classification of either socially meaningful targets (schematic faces) or meaningless targets (scrambled schematic faces). Targets were preceded by two photographic face cues, one angry and one neutral. Angry face cues only produced significant cueing scores (i.e. faster target responses if the target replaced the angry face compared to the neutral face) with socially meaningful targets, not with meaningless targets. In Experiment 2, participants classified only meaningful targets, which were either socially meaningful (schematic faces) or not (schematic houses). Again, mean cueing scores were significantly moderated by the social character of the targets. However, cueing scores in this experiment were non-significant in the social target condition and significantly negative in the non-social target condition. These results suggest that attentional bias towards angry faces in the dot-probe task is moderated by the activation of a social processing mode in unselected samples.
DOI of the first publication: 10.1080/02699931.2018.1561423
URL of the first publication: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30587095
Link to this record: hdl:20.500.11880/28386
http://dx.doi.org/10.22028/D291-30008
ISSN: 1464-0600
0269-9931
Date of registration: 30-Nov-2019
Faculty: HW - Fakultät für Empirische Humanwissenschaften und Wirtschaftswissenschaft
Department: HW - Psychologie
Professorship: HW - Prof. Dr. Dirk Wentura
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