Chapter 8. Assessing Sexual Interest with the Emotional Stroop Test

  1. David Thornton Ph.D Director Professor Member2 and
  2. D. Richard Laws Ph.D. President3
  1. Paul Smith Associate Principal Lecturer

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470747551.ch8

Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual Interest in Sexual Offenders

Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual Interest in Sexual Offenders

How to Cite

Smith, P. (2009) Assessing Sexual Interest with the Emotional Stroop Test, in Cognitive Approaches to the Assessment of Sexual Interest in Sexual Offenders (eds D. Thornton and D. R. Laws), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470747551.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, Mauston, Wisconsin, USA

  2. 3

    Co-Director Pacific Psychological Assessment Corp., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Author Information

  1. Forensic Psychology, Department of Psychology, Leeds Trinity and All Saints, Leeds, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 5 OCT 2009

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in Forensic Clinical Psychology

Book Series Editors:

  1. Clive R. Hollin4 and
  2. Mary McMurran5

Series Editor Information

  1. 4

    Clinical Division of Psychiatry, University of Leicester, UK

  2. 5

    School of Community Health Sciences, Division of Psychiatry, University of Nottingham, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470057810

Online ISBN: 9780470747551

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Keywords:

  • assessing sexual interest with emotional Stroop test;
  • Stroop colour-naming task - robust experimental tasks in psychology laboratory;
  • Stroop task and Stroop variants;
  • emotional Stroop - notion of participants being distracted by ‘emotional’ words;
  • aggression and Stroop;
  • sexual interest and valence problems;
  • running emotional Stroop in forensic environment;
  • emotional Stroop and sex offenders;
  • Stroop effect for sexual interest

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What is the Stroop Effect?

  • Stroop Variants

  • The Emotional Stroop

  • Aggression and the Stroop

  • Sexual Behaviour and the Stroop

  • The Problem of Sexual Interest and Valence

  • Running an Emotional Stroop in a Forensic Environment

  • The Emotional Stroop and Sex Offenders -; Preliminary Studies

  • Strengths of the Emotional Stroop

  • Potential Problems with the Emotional Stroop

  • Explaining the Stroop Effect for Sexual Interest -; Race

  • Clinical Implications of the Emotional Stroop

  • Conclusion/Summary

  • References