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    Effects of anxiety on task switching: evidence from the mixed antisaccade task

    Ansari, T.L. and Derakhshan, Nazanin and Richards, Anne (2008) Effects of anxiety on task switching: evidence from the mixed antisaccade task. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience 8 (3), pp. 229-238. ISSN 1530-7026.

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    According to the attentional control theory of anxiety (Eysenck, Derakshan, Santos, & Calvo, 2007), anxiety impairs performance on cognitive tasks that involve the shifting function of working memory. This hypothesis was tested using a mixed antisaccade paradigm, in which participants performed single-task and mixed-task versions of the paradigm. The single task involved the completion of separate blocks of anti- and prosaccade trials, whereas in the mixed task, participants completed anti- and prosaccade trials in a random order within blocks. Analysis of switch costs showed that high-anxious individuals did not exhibit the commonly reported paradoxical improvement in saccade latency, whereas low-anxious individuals did. The findings are discussed within the framework of attentional control theory.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Anne Richards
    Date Deposited: 28 May 2013 07:58
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:03


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