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Attentional control in dysphoria: an investigation using the antisaccade task

Derakhshan, Nazanin and Salt, M. and Koster, E.H.W. (2009) Attentional control in dysphoria: an investigation using the antisaccade task. Biological Psychology 80 (2), pp. 251-255. ISSN 0301-0511.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2008.09.005

Abstract

We examined inhibitory mechanisms in dysphoria using direct measures of attentional control. Dysphoric and non-dysphoric participants performed standard and delayed versions of the antisaccade and prosaccade tasks with facial expressions as stimuli. Results showed higher error rates in the standard antisaccade task than in the delayed tasks, with the dysphoric group having higher error rates in response to emotional facial expressions, in particular happy expressions. Our findings indicate impaired attentional processing in response to emotional facial expressions, in particular happy expressions, in dysphoria. Implications for understanding the mechanisms underlying attentional control in dysphoria are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Dysphoria, antisaccade, attentional control, emotional faces
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2011 09:11
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2367

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