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Dot probe performance in two specific phobias.
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PMID:  10590828     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The present study applied MacLeod, Mathews & Tata's (1986) dot probe attentional deployment methodology to individuals with specific phobias. DESIGN: Attentional deployment towards spider-related, blood-related, positive, negative, and neutral words was examined. METHOD: Individuals with either spider phobia (N = 13) or blood/injury phobia (N = 14) and non-anxious controls (N = 14) completed the dot probe attentional deployment task. RESULTS: Individuals with specific phobias did not demonstrate an attentional bias towards phobia-related stimuli relevant to their particular fears. CONCLUSION: Semantic-based information processing paradigms may not be sufficiently potent to demonstrate biased performance towards threatening stimuli in individuals with mild specific phobias who are otherwise healthy.
A Wenzel; C S Holt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of clinical psychology / the British Psychological Society     Volume:  38 ( Pt 4)     ISSN:  0144-6657     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Clin Psychol     Publication Date:  1999 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-12-22     Completed Date:  1999-12-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8105533     Medline TA:  Br J Clin Psychol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  407-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Mental Processes*
Phobic Disorders / diagnosis*,  psychology
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales

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