Cavanagh, Kate and Davey, Graham C L (2001) The use of stimulus dimensions in judgement making in spider fearful and nonfearful individuals. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 39 (10). pp. 1199-1211. ISSN 0005-7967Full text not available from this repository.
This study uses a multidimensional scaling approach to investigate the hypothesis that spider fearful individuals give priority to a threat–safety dimension when making judgments. The results show that when making judgments about stimuli, spider fearful individuals (1) placed significantly greater comparative weighting on a threat-relevant dimension than on a non-emotive dimension (colour), and (2) tended to rate threatening pairs of stimuli and safe pairs of stimuli as more similar than did the nonfearful group. This prioritised dimensional processing suggests a mechanism by which phobics can exhibit what initially appear to be paradoxical tendencies to give priority to both threat and safety information.
|Schools and Departments:||School of Psychology > Psychology|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Depositing User:||Graham Davey|
|Date Deposited:||15 Dec 2006|
|Last Modified:||13 Jun 2013 12:52|
|Google Scholar:||9 Citations|