Automatic spatial processing of threatening and positive information in participants with high and low levels of trait anxiety
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Beth Crawford
Dr. Peter O. LeViness
Dr. Roxann Roberson-Nay
The study sought to investigate potential differences in automatic spatial processing of threatening and positive information in anxious and non-anxious individuals. Participants evaluated threatening and positive words and pictures in a memory task in which the stimuli's varying spatial position was incidental to the task. Participants demonstrated increased accuracy with threatening stimuli, and a decreased accuracy when the word location varied between initial presentation and test. The results did not provide evidence that threatening stimuli were associated with an increased degree of spatial processing, or that this relationship would be influenced by trait anxiety.
Hansen, Ryan W., "Automatic spatial processing of threatening and positive information in participants with high and low levels of trait anxiety" (2007). Master's Theses. 681.