Attentional biases in the processing of threat

Congreso Internacional: Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR)

Attentional biases in the processing of threat: Is there specificity between stimuli and arousal responses?.

The phenomenon of selectivity or attentional bias refers to the preferential tendency to attend to threat-relevant rather than non-threat or neutral stimuli, when both are presented simultaneously (Calvo & García-González, 1999). A primary function of anxiety is to detect danger in potentially hostile environments; this is why attentional biases.

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