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    Fear makes you stronger: responding to feared animal targets in visual search

    Flykt, A. and Lindeberg, S. and Derakhshan, Nazanin (2012) Fear makes you stronger: responding to feared animal targets in visual search. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 74 (7), pp. 1437-1445. ISSN 1943-3921.

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    To investigate whether fear affects the strength with which responses are made, 12 animal-fearful individuals (five snake fearful and seven spider fearful) were instructed to decide as quickly as possible whether an animal target from a deviant category was present in a 3 × 4 item (animal) search array. The animal categories were snakes, spiders, and cats. Response force was measured, in newtons. The results showed that the strength of the response was greater when the feared animal served as the target than when it served as the distractors. This finding was corroborated by evoked heart rate changes to the stimuli. Our findings strengthen the argument that focused attention on a single, feared animal can lead to increases in manual force.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 01 May 2013 07:57
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 12:01


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