Journal article

Anxiety Attenuates Awareness of Emotional Faces During Rapid Serial Visual Presentation

Nicholas T Van Dam, Mitch Earleywine, Jeanette Altarriba

EMOTION | AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2012

Abstract

Anxiety limits normative perception and impacts the interaction between key neurophysiological systems, possibly by decreasing recruitment of goal-oriented processes and increasing recruitment of stimulus-driven processes. Previous studies examining the impact of anxiety on emotion processing commonly lack a sample with levels of anxiety comparable to a clinical population. Many also fail to control for co-occurring symptoms like depression. The current study used rapid serial visual presentation (RSVP) with two emotional targets, comparing healthy controls to a group of individuals with symptom levels comparable to anxiety disorder patients. The results showed a modulatory effect of anxiety..

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