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.