Unreliability of the dot probe task
Article first published online: 12 DEC 2005
Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 19, Issue 7, pages 595–605, December 2005
How to Cite
Schmukle, S. C. (2005), Unreliability of the dot probe task. Eur. J. Pers., 19: 595–605. doi: 10.1002/per.554
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2005
- Article first published online: 12 DEC 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 JAN 2005
- Manuscript Received: 26 AUG 2004
- attentional bias;
- attention allocation;
- dot probe task;
The dot probe task is a widely used measure of attention allocation to threatening stimuli. The present two studies examine the reliability of different versions of this task using words as well as pictures as stimulus material. Estimates of both internal consistency and retest reliability over one week lead to the conclusion that the dot probe task is a completely unreliable measure of attentional allocation in non-clinical samples. This unreliability may explain the inconsistent findings for the dot probe task as reported in the literature. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.